France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday October 10th called on Turkey to put an end to its “unilateral” military offensive that started the previous day in northern Syria, “as quickly as possible,” AFP reported.
Speaking to reporters in the city of Lyon, Macron accused the Turkish regime of “forgetting” the international community’s priority in Syria, concerning fighting Isis and other terrorist militants, and also of causing a “humanitarian risk” for millions of people.
Turkey risks "helping Daesh to rebuild its caliphate. And this responsibility is the responsibility of Turkey alone in front of the rest of the international community," Macron said.
Macron declined a request to respond to earlier remarks by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which he threatened to send back millions of refugees in Turkey to Europe, in case the European Union slammed the offensive.
"I have nothing more to say on the subject," Macron said in this regard.
Turkey initiated a military offensive in northeastern Syria, in a move that could result in the killing of dozens of innocent civilians, the displacement of others, and the return of terrorist organisations to this region, including Isis.
Erdogan signalled the start of the so-called ‘Spring Peace Operation’ against Kurdish forces in northern Syria in a tweet on Wednesday October 9th.