Following the air strikes launched by the Turkish Armed Forces on North and East Syria and northern Iraq on Sunday night, MEPs have called on NATO and the European Commission to stop Turkey’s attacks.
The parliamentarians noted on their Twitter accounts that Turkey has violated international law.
Nikolaj Villumsen, an MEP representing the Red-Green Alliance from Denmark, said that Turkey’s air strikes destabilise safe areas hosting millions of people and weaken the fight against ISIS.
The Turkish attacks on Kobane and other Kurdish cities in Northeastern Syria and Northern Iraq is not only a clear violation of international law, but also a destabilizing of safe areas hosting millions of people and a weakening of the fight against ISIS and terror. #SaveKobane
— Nikolaj Villumsen (@nvillumsen) November 20, 2022
The co-chair of the Kurdish Friendship Group in the European Parliament, Andreas Schieder, stated that Turkey attacked not only Kobanê but also other North and East Syrian cities and called for a stop to be brought to the attacks immediately.
Galician Nationalist Bloc MEP Ana Miranda called on the European Union and other international actors to force their partner to comply withits legal obligations in North and East Syria.
— Ana Miranda (@anamirandapaz) November 20, 2022
Miranda also said that Turkey had accused the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the Istanbul bomb attack which killed six people on 13 November, without having investigated.
“If the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS is against this illegal war, then its members must immediately take strong steps through economic, political, diplomatic, and legal measures to force Turkey to comply with international law,” Miranda added.
Max Lucks, a German Greens member, said: “There is no justification for breaking international law. Therefore there is no justification for the new Turkey bombings in Syria and Iraq. The destabilisation of an entire region by a NATO partner is completely unacceptable.”
Es gibt keine Rechtfertigung für Völkerrechtsbrüche. Darum gibt es keine Rechtfertigung für die neuen Bombardements der #Türkei in Syrien und im Irak. Die Destabilisierung einer ganzen Region durch einen Nato-Partner ist völlig inakzeptabel.
— Max Lucks 🇺🇦🏳️🌈 (@max_lucks) November 20, 2022
Left Party Co-Chair of the European Parliament Martin Schirdewan called on the German Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser to cancel her visit to Turkey scheduled for Monday.
Die #Türkei hat heute Nacht massiv #Rojava bombardiert. #Erdogan greift die an, die den #IS bekämpfen. Bundesinnenministerin @NancyFaeser will morgen in Ankara über „Terrorismus“ zu sprechen. Dieser Besuch muss abgesagt werden! Auch für Heuchelei gibt es eine Grenze.
— Martin Schirdewan (@schirdewan) November 20, 2022
French Green Party MEP François Alfonsi said: “Turkey bombs Kobanî in Syrian Kurdistan in “retaliation” for the Istanbul attack without any credible information to establish the responsibility of the Kurds.”
Turquie bombarde Kobanî au Kurdistan syrien en « représailles » attentat Istambul sans qu’aucune information crédible ne permette d’établir la responsabilité des Kurdes. En fait un coup monté pour justifier invasion Kurdistan syrien et Nord Irak avec utilisation armes chimiques. pic.twitter.com/GFv7MdOPZH
— François Alfonsi (@F_Alfonsi) November 20, 2022