British MEP Julie Ward tabled questions on Rojava
MEP Julie Ward wrote: “President Trump’s plan to withdraw US troops from northern Syria raises fears that this gives a green light for the Turkish Government to invade the region known as Rojava."
The British MEP has tabled questions at the European Parliament following the US announcement that they will pull out from Syria.
MEP Julie Ward wrote: “President Trump’s plan to withdraw US troops from northern Syria raises fears that this gives a green light for the Turkish Government to invade the region known as Rojava. President Erdogan claims to fight “terrorism” in Syria but attacks the very forces - the YPG and Kurdish-led SDF - proven to be the Western coalition’s most reliable partners in the campaign to eradicate DAESH, the so-called Islamic State.”
Ward added: “A Turkish invasion could harm Kurdish autonomy and destroy Rojava’s secular, democratic and gender-equal society. It threatens with displacement millions of civilians currently co-existing peacefully as Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrians and Armenians of Muslim, Yazidi and Christian faiths.”
The British MEP then asked the following:
1- Has the EU called on the UN Security Council to resolve to protect this area from aggression with peace-keeping troops and by declaring it a No-Fly Zone?
2- Will the EU denounce any Turkish invasion and take steps to ensure meaningful sanctions are in place before Mr Erdogan’s likely actions produce another four million refugees to be used as bargaining power?
3- Will the EU urgently send an official delegation to Rojava and meet there with the YPG, YPJ, SDF and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria?