BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Foreign Ministry responded to Turkey’s recent reference to the 1998 Adana Agreement to justify their future military invasion in northern Syria.
In a statement to Syrian TV, the Foreign Ministry said that they have been in compliance with the Adana Agreement, despite Turkey’s repeated violations since 2011.
“Syria confirms that it is in compliance with the Adana Interstate Agreement on Combating Terrorism in all its forms and all agreements related to it, but the Turkish regime has been violating the agreement since 2011 up to now by sponsoring and supporting terrorism, training militants and making it easier for them to go to SAR, or through the occupation of Syrian territories with terrorist groups it controls it or directly with the help of the Turkish Armed Forces,” Syrian state television quoted a source in the ministry as saying.
As shown below, these are the five commitments that both Turkey and Syria agreed to during the 1998 Adana Agreement:
1. As of now, Öcalan is not in Syria and he definitely will not be allowed to enter Syria.
2. PKK elements abroad will not be permitted to enter Syria.
3. As of now PKK camps are not operational and definitely will not be allowed to become active.
4. Many PKK members have been arrested and have been taken to court. Their lists have been prepared. Syria presented these lists to the Turkish side.
The Syrian side has confirmed the above mentioned points. Furthermore, the sides also have agreed on the following points:
1. Syria, on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, will not permit any activity which emanates from its territory aimed at jeopardizing the security and stability of Turkey. Syria will not allow the supply of weapons, logistic material, financial support to and propaganda activities of the PKK on its territory.
2. Syria has recognized that the PKK is a terrorist organization. Syria has, alongside other terrorist organizations, prohibited all activities of the PKK and its affiliated organizations on its territory.
3. Syria will not allow the PKK to establish camps and other facilities for training and shelter or to have commercial activities on its territory.
4. Syria will not allow PKK members to use its country for transit to third countries.
5. Syria will take all necessary measures to prevent the chieftain of the PKK terrorist organization from entering into Syrian territory and will instruct its authorities at border points to that effect.
Both sides have agreed to establish certain mechanisms for the effective and transparent implementation of the measures mentioned above.