Most Syrian political parties reject Turkey’s presence in Syria, a Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) official said on Thursday, North Press reported.
Rejection of Turkey’s military and political presence in Syria is a common position shared by many political factions in the country, said Thabya al-Nasser, an administrator in the SDC Women’s Office.
The Turkish threats target all of Syrian territory, she said, which necessitates a “unified vision” to counter any foreign party seeking to penetrate Syria.
The SDC official called for unity against Turkey’s upcoming military operations in northern Syria.
On 1 June, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan renewed threats of a new operation against Kurdish-held regions in Syria, specifying his targets as Manbij and Tell Rifaat.
The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) has denounced Turkish threats before, considering them direct challenges to the region’s security and stability.
On 19 June, SDC Executive Committee President Ilham Ahmad said Turkish threats undermined Syria’s national stability.
Turkish authorities’ continued threats against Syrian territory were in violation of international laws and conventions, the Syrian parliament said in a statement on 12 June.
On 21 June, Syrian foreign minister Faisal Mekdad accused the Erdoğan administration of ethnic cleansing, occupying Syrian soil and supporting terrorism in one of the harshest addresses towards Turkey by a senior government official since the beginning of Syria’s civil war in 2011.