Erdogan criticizes European Parliament's resolution on Syria's Afrin
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 16
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The European Parliament's resolution on Syria's Afrin has no significance for Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Turkish media reported on March 16.
Earlier the European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities throughout Syria. The document also calls on the Turkish government to withdraw its troops from Afrin.
Erdogan said that the European Parliament has no right to teach Turkey anything.
Europe refuses to understand that Turkey does not pursue the goal of occupying Syrian territory, but on the contrary is the liberator of Syria from terrorism.
"The Operation Olive Branch is not directed against the peaceful population of Syria, Erdogan said.
The General Staff of Turkey announced on March 13 about complete encirclement of Afrin by the Turkish Armed Forces and Free Syrian Army.
On Jan. 20, the Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Free Syrian Army, launched the Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that about 8,000-10,000 PYD/YPG terrorists are supposed to be hiding in Afrin.
Turkey began drawing its military to the Syrian border in late June 2017. The forces were being concentrated in Turkish Kilis Province bordering Syrian territory controlled by YPG/PYD.
On Aug. 24, 2016, Turkish Armed Forces, with the support of the Syrian opposition, launched the Euphrates Shield Operation against the IS militants and liberated the city of Jarabulus as well as the city of Al-Bab in northern Syria.
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