Syria and Iraq Warns Turkey over Military Action

Syria and Iraq Warns Turkey over Military Action
Fri Oct 3, 2014 19:21:36

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad has warned against any military action by neighboring Turkey and Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki demands Turkish parliament backtrack its decision to send ground troops into Iraq.

The Syrian diplomat said late on Thursday that any military action by Turkey inside Syria’s territory will be considered an act of aggression. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad's comments came after the Turkish parliament approved a motion allowing the government to launch attacks inside Syria and Iraq.

On Friday the Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki demanded the Turkish parliament back down from its decision to send ground troops to Iraq. He denounced it as unjustified and an encroachment on the sovereignty of Iraqi territory, urging the Iraqi government and the parliament to take explicit positions to reject the deployment of any troops on Iraqi territory. Maliki stressed the need not to take the situation in Iraq as a chance to intervene in its internal affairs by the neighboring countries and the world.

Turkey’s 550-seat parliament voted 298-98 in favor of the motion that would provide the legal grounds for Ankara to deploy forces to Iraq and Syria. The motion will last for one year.

In Syria Miqdad also called on the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency session to condemn Turkey’s decision.

The Syrian official further accused Turkey and Saudi Arabia of sending militants to Syria.

In Iraq Maliki also said in a statement issued today that “I want to remind Turkey of the need to maintain the relations of mutual respect and national sovereignty,” calling on the Turkish Parliament to “undo the decision of sending ground troops to Iraq because it is unjustified overtake on the sanctity and sovereignty of Iraqi territory.”

Political analysts in Syria believe that the controversial decision by the Turkey lawmakers pave the way for Army to launch attacks against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and even Syrian government forces.

The Turkish government, according to the motion, could also allow foreign forces to use the country’s soil for their operations.

The parliament’s decision came days after the government stationed some 15 tanks that took position in the border town of Mursitpinar situated northwest of the Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane to Kurds.

Press TV and iraqinews.com

 

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