Governance

“We will secure the area extending from Manbij to the Iraqi border and then facilitate 1 million Syrian refugees’ return home in the first phase”

Speaking at the 7th Summit of the Turkic Council, President Erdogan said: The gravest threat against peace, serenity and stability in our region stems from terrorist organizations. The presence of such evil networks as PKK/YPG, DAESH and FETO has rendered it more important that we cooperate in the area of security. What we have experienced in Syria over the past eight years has shown that it is impossible to eliminate a terrorist organization by means of another one. Our country took a crucial step on October 9 to eliminate the PKK/YPG terrorist organization.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the 7th Summit of the Cooperation Council of the Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council) in Azerbaijan.

WHAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED IN SYRIA OVER THE PAST EIGHT YEARS HAS SHOWN THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ELIMINATE A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION BY MEANS OF ANOTHER ONE

President Erdogan said: The gravest threat against peace, serenity and stability in our region stems from terrorist organizations. The presence of such evil networks as PKK/YPG, DAESH and FETO has rendered it more important that we cooperate in the area of security. What we have experienced in Syria over the past eight years has shown that it is impossible to eliminate a terrorist organization by means of another one. Our country took a crucial step on October 9 to eliminate the PKK/YPG terrorist organization.

President Erdogan stated: Our Operation Peace Spring has two important goals. The first one is to totally remove the terror threat emanating from PKK/YPG in the north of Syria. The second goal of the operation is to enable the 3,650,000 Syrians whom we have been hosting for eight years to return to their homeland with their minds at peace. Today is the seventh day of the operation, which successfully continues in line with the safe zone map which we shared with the entire world at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. As of this morning, we saved an area of approximately 1000 sq. km. from the invasion of the separatist terrorist organization. We will secure the area extending from Manbij to the Iraqi border and then facilitate 1 million Syrian refugees' return home in the first phase and, later on, the return of 2 million.

Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey