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UN Chief 'Deeply Concerned' over Turkish Assault in Syria


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Fri, 11 Oct 2019 02:44 GMT

The UN secretary general, in a statement issued Thursday, October 10th, said he is "deeply concerned" and called for a "de-escalation" of extreme violence in Syria.

The statement came a day after Turkey launched an offensive in Kurdish-controlled areas, AFP reported.

Antonio Guterres, speaking to a press conference in Copenhagen, was cited as saying, "I want to express my deep concern about the escalation of conflicts we are witnessing in eastern Syria."

"At the present moment, what we must do is to make sure that we have a de-escalation, and of course I'm worried," Guterres said.

Any solution to the conflict must "respect the sovereignty of the territory and the unity of Syria," he said.

Guterres’ remarks came after the five European members of the UN Security Council -- France, Germany, Britain, Belgium, and Poland – called on Ankara to cease its "unilateral" military operation against Syrian Kurdish forces, Outlook India reported.

The Turkish military, backed by Syrian opposition allies, began an offensive in north-eastern Syria on Wednesday, October 9th shortly after the US withdrew its troops from the area in a move that many have seen as America abandoning its Kurdish allies in the fight against Isis.

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