BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:10 A.M.) – During the second and last day of the Astana peace conference, the Syrian delegation demanded that Turkey immediately withdraw their troops from Syria.
“We demand turkey to withdraw all its troops if they want to help Syria. First of all the troops which illegally entered the territory should be withdrawn as well as American troops which are present in many areas in the northeastern parts of Syria. They should have been withdrawn. All international organisations should say that starting with the UNSC [UN Security Council],” Dr. Bashar Ja’afari told a press conference after the Astana format talks, as quoted by Sputnik News Agency.
Ja’afari said Turkey was asked to establish 12 observation posts in northwest Syria, but instead, they have sent their armed forces to several cities across the country.
“Turkey should have established 12 checkpoints there, police posts… Instead, they sent armed forces to many Syrian cities… It concerns us very much. We are concerned that turkey doesn’t comply with its obligations of Astana talks and Sochi forum. Moreover, the Turkish armed forces… are currently present in many cities in the northwestern part of Syria,” Ja’afari continued.
He noted that Turkish troops are changing the manes of Syrian villages and even put their own flags.
“That is why we consider it an obvious clear aggression. We have a lot of proofs that could testify what I say,” Ja’afari added.