Turkey intends to create a security zone in the north of Syria along its borders. This was announced after the meeting by the National Security Council of the country.
According to a common communiqué, within the framework of ensuring the security of the border, Istanbul declared its determination to make every possible effort to create a peace corridor.
In addition, the Security Council noted that the position of Turkey is based on the desire to ensure peace and stability in the region, and also aims to protect the country’s legitimate interests arising from the norms of international law.
On July 24, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that the negotiations between Turkey and the United States on the creation of a security zone in Syria were not crowned with success. The parties could not reach an agreement.
Earlier in July, the Turkish Foreign Minister had already spoken about the readiness for a new operation in Syria. Then he declared that military intervention is possible if a security zone is not established and if “all sorts of threats” emanate from the territory of Syria.
The Turkish armed forces conducted a military operation “Euphrates Shield” in the Syrian province of Aleppo, which lasted from August 2016 to the end of March 2017. January 20, 2018 Turkey launched a military operation “Olive Branch” in the border Syrian region of Afrin. This decision was made after the US statement on the creation of a “border security force” in Syria, formed from Kurds.