Turkey says declaring rights over Syrian oil is 'occupation’


Monday 11 November 2019 | 11:34 AM Damascus Time

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  • Turkey says declaring rights over Syrian oil is 'occupation’


    Declaring property rights over Syrian oil is the real occupation, Turkey's ruling party spokesman said Saturday.

    “Those who say that they will transfer the resources of the Syrian people to SDF are in favor of terrorism against the Syrian people,” Omer Celik, a spokesman for the Justice and Development (AK) Party, said in a tweet.

    He was referring to the U.S. which on Thursday said revenues from northeastern Syria's oil fields will be directed to the YPG/PKK-led SDF.

    Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters that proceeds from the oil sales are not going to the U.S but the SDF, which Washington uses as a local ally against Daesh/ISIS in Syria.

    The Turkish official went on to say: "They claim unlawful rights over Syrian people's resources. And they say they will allow terrorist organization SDG to use these resources.”

    “They sold resources, especially oil. This is done by all terrorist organizations like Daesh, PKK, YPG, PYD and SDG.

    “All this shows that the most brutal and inhumane projects seen by the people of the Middle East have been constructed through the PKK / YPG / PYD / SDG. This structure is the enemy of all people,” Celik stated.

    Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring on Oct. 9 to eliminate the terrorist YPG/PKK from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

    The U.S. and Turkey on Oct. 17 came to an agreement to pause Turkey's anti-terror operation in northern Syria in order to allow the withdrawal of terrorist YPG/PKK forces from the planned safe zone, where Ankara wants to repatriate millions of Syrian refugees it is currently hosting.

    On Oct. 22, Turkey and Russia reached another deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists would pull back 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Turkey’s border with Syria, and security forces from Turkey and Russia would conduct joint patrols there.

    Source: Yeni Safak.

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