Opinion | Erdogan: Turkey Has a Plan to Restore Peace in Syria
President Trump made the proper name to withdraw from Syria. The United States withdrawal, nonetheless, should be deliberate rigorously and carried out in cooperation with the proper companions to guard the pursuits of the United States, the worldwide neighborhood and the Syrian folks. Turkey, which has NATO’s second largest standing military, is the one nation with the ability and dedication to carry out that activity.
In 2016, Turkey turned the primary nation to deploy floor fight troops to battle the so-called Islamic State in Syria. Our army incursion severed the group’s entry to NATO’s borders and impeded their capacity to hold out terror assaults in Turkey and Europe.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey delivering a speech in Ankara, Turkey, final month.CreditAdem Altan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Unlike coalition operations in Raqqa and Mosul, which relied closely on airstrikes that have been carried out with little or no regard for civilian casualties, Turkish troops and fighters of the Free Syrian Army went door to door to root out insurgents in Al Bab, a former stronghold of the so-called Islamic State.
Our method left town’s core infrastructure largely intact and made it doable for all times to return to regular inside days. Today, kids are again in school, a Turkish-funded hospital treats the sick, and new enterprise initiatives create jobs and bolster the native financial system. This steady setting is the one treatment for terrorism.
Turkey is dedicated to defeating the so-called Islamic State and different terrorist teams in Syria, as a result of the Turkish individuals are all too acquainted with the specter of violent extremism. In 2003, after I turned prime minister, coordinated assaults by Al Qaeda claimed dozens of lives in Turkey.
More not too long ago, the so-called Islamic State terrorists focused our residents, our lifestyle and the inclusive, reasonable worldview that our civilization represents. Just a few years again, the terrorist group referred to as me “treacherous Satan.” We noticed the horror within the faces of hundreds of Christians and Yazidis, who sought refuge in Turkey when these terrorists got here for them in Syria and Iraq.
I say this once more: There can be no victory for the terrorists. Turkey will proceed to do what it should to make sure its personal security and the well-being of the worldwide neighborhood.
Militarily talking, the so-called Islamic State has been defeated in Syria. Yet we’re deeply involved that some exterior powers might use the group’s remnants as an excuse to meddle in Syria’s inside affairs.
A army victory towards the terrorist group is a mere first step. The lesson of Iraq, the place this terrorist group was born, is that untimely declarations of victory and the reckless actions they have an inclination to spur create extra issues than they remedy. The worldwide neighborhood can’t afford to make the identical mistake once more at the moment.
Turkey proposes a complete technique to eradicate the basis causes of radicalization. We need to make sure that residents don’t really feel disconnected from authorities, terrorist teams don’t get to prey on the grievances of native communities and abnormal folks can rely on a steady future.
The first step is to create a stabilization drive that includes fighters from all elements of Syrian society. Only a various physique can serve all Syrian residents and produce legislation and order to numerous elements of the nation. In this sense, I want to level out that we now have no argument with the Syrian Kurds.
Under wartime situations, many younger Syrians had no alternative however to hitch the P.Y.D./Y.P.G., the Syrian department of the P.Ok.Ok., that Turkey and the United States contemplate a terrorist group. According to Human Rights Watch, the Y.P.G. militants have violated worldwide legislation by recruiting kids.
Following the United States withdrawal from Syria, we are going to full an intensive vetting course of to reunite little one troopers with their households and embrace all fighters with no hyperlinks to terrorist organizations within the new stabilization drive.
Ensuring satisfactory political illustration for all communities is one other precedence. Under Turkey’s watch, the Syrian territories which might be underneath the management of the Y.P.G. or the so-called Islamic State can be ruled by popularly elected councils. Individuals with no hyperlinks to terrorist teams can be eligible to signify their communities in native governments.
Local councils in predominantly Kurdish elements of northern Syria will largely encompass the Kurdish neighborhood’s representatives while making certain that every one different teams take pleasure in honest political illustration. Turkish officers with related expertise will advise them on municipal affairs, schooling, well being care and emergency companies.
Turkey intends to cooperate and coordinate our actions with our pals and allies. We have been carefully concerned within the Geneva and Astana processes, and are the only real stakeholder that may work concurrently with the United States and Russia. We will construct on these partnerships to get the job completed in Syria.
It is time for all stakeholders to hitch forces to finish the fear unleashed by the Islamic State, an enemy of Islam and Muslims all over the world, and to protect Syria’s territorial integrity. Turkey is volunteering to shoulder this heavy burden at a essential time in historical past. We are relying on the worldwide neighborhood to face with us.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the president of Turkey.