The co-chair of the Executive Council of Afrin canton has pointed out the visit of the Turkish Minister of the Interior, Süleyman Soylu, to occupied cities Afrin and Aziz, is considered as consolidation of occupation, calling on Damascus Government to assume its responsibilities.
Commenting on the visit of the Turkish Minister of the Interior in the occupied of Afrin canton and Azaz, as if he were touring Turkish cities, the co-chair of the Executive Council of Afrin canton, Bakr Alo, said in the statement to ANHA that “this visit is violating the international norms, because the visit must be with the consent of the Damascus Government, but what has happened on the ground is a consolidation of occupation of Syrian territory.”
He pointed out that this was not the first step of its kind, as he entered Syrian territory several times without the consent of Damascus Government. “This visit was not like its predecessors. It coincided with Turkish President Erdogan going to Cyprus, before him, his Minister of Defence, Hulusi Akar visited Iraqi territory,” he said.
He drew attention to the fact that Süleyman Soylu’s visit was part of a framework. “Malicious policies planned by Turkey in several stages, namely, the consolidation of the occupation of Syrian territory, the realization of the so-called Misak-ı Millî, the restoration of the ambitions of the ominous Ottoman Empire, the reassurance of the families of mercenaries in the settlement compounds established by Turkey in occupied Afrin, and the pursuit of a special war against the resistance of Afrin refugees in Shahba areas.”
Turkish state has repeatedly tried to “export its complex internal political and economic crisis to neighbouring States and to distract itself from the Turkish interior through direct interference in the affairs of neighbouring States, most recently the encroachment on the tombs of martyrs in occupied Afrin, calling from Damascus Government to take firm position to end these violations in Afrin.”
The co-chair of the Executive Council of Afrin, Bakr Alo, concluded his speech by saying that “the Turkish state should know very well that it has nothing in Afrin and northern Syria, and if it dreams of repeating the experience of Sanjak of Alexandretta, it is making a grave mistake, because the situation now is very different from its predecessor, and we are well aware of the reality of the Turkish occupation state.”