Turkish parliament ratifies motion to extend cross-border ops in Iraq, Syria

Duvar English

Turkish parliament on Oct. 7 ratified a motion extending authorization to launch cross-border operations in northern Iraq and Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), AKP’s coalition partner Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and İYİ (Good) Party backed the motion, while Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) voted against the motion. 

The motion, submitted last week by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government, will allow the Turkish military to carry out cross-border operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another year, from Oct. 30, 2020 until Oct. 30, 2021.

Turkey has launched three cross-border operations into Syria since 2016, announcing its plans to establish a “safe zone.” The “safe zone” comprises areas under direct Turkish rule – Tel Abyad, Jarablus, and Afrin – and Idlib, which is under Turkey’s military protection.

Turkey regularly launches airstrikes into northern Iraq, saying that it has been targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Qandil stronghold. Iraq has been condemning Turkey’s operations on its soil, saying that they amount to a violation of its sovereignty.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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