Many European institutions and politicians have raised their voices against the recent Turkish attacks on North and East Syria and share the belief that the world must not be silent against the attacks.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Representation in Europe has collated and published international statements against Turkey’s war against the Kurds in northeast Syria and northern Iraq.
According to the compilation, members of the European Parliament, Australian Senators, Belgian MPs, French politicians, German institutions and politicians and others from various countries condemned the Turkish attacks and called on major institutions to take actions against Turkey.
The European Free Alliance (EFA) in the European Parliament viewed the attack as an intimidation tactic from the Erdoğan regime, and called for international aid for the people of Kurdistan.
Unified European Left Group shared a statement as a reminder that the people of Kobane defeated ISIS in 2014 with the sacrifice of thousands of human lives.
“Many of those who died in the battle of Kobanê were women, who revolutionized their society with the motto of Jin, Jiyan, Azadi! We understand that Turkey wishes to complete the mission that the ISIS failed to accomplish then,” said the Left Group.
The @EP_president accepted our request to condemn the Turkish aggression in North-East Syria & the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
It is unacceptable to violate international law. Our deepest condolences to the Kurdish and Turkish population, victims of the latest escalation. pic.twitter.com/kHy1Im84Hl
— S&D Group (@TheProgressives) November 21, 2022
The EU Turkey Civic Commission said that Turkey’s war crimes must not remain unpunished and repeated the fact that Turkey is a member of NATO and the Council of Europe and a candidate for EU membership.
Regarding her opening speech yesterday in the Council of Europe (CoE), Roberta Metsola, the president of the CoE said that the recent strikes, especially where women are targeted is something that needs to be addressed, and that she puts these issues regularly on the agenda.
Martin Schirdewan, member of the Left Group in the European Parliament said they must immediately impose an arms embargo on Turkey so that it becomes clear that military cooperation with Erdoğan at this point is simply not an option.
Kurd:Innen werden heute verraten und verkauft. Ich erwarte, dass Außenbeauftragter @josepborrellF & Kommissionspräsidentin @vonderleyen #Erdogan eindeutig erklären, die Angriffe einzustellen + wir brauchen unverzüglich ein Waffenembargo gegen die Türkei. #rojava @candundaradasi pic.twitter.com/YaFWFqS3J3
— Martin Schirdewan (@schirdewan) November 22, 2022
The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) reported that Turkey’s ‘Claw-Sword’ aerial military assault in northeast Syria resulted in civilian fatalities as urban infrastructure and service institutions were targeted in the operation.
Although the United States and Russia also shared statements urging de-escalation in Syria to protect civilian life and called on Turkey to show restraint regarding the strikes on Syrian territory, Erdoğan said “Nobody can oppose our operations into Syria”.