The United Nations (UN) assembled with “Tehran Summit and Idlib” agenda in New York yesterday (September 11). According to state-run Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s Permanent Representative to UN Feridun Sinirlioğlu has recalled Turkey’s call for truce in Tehran Summit and said, “Turkish will continue its efforts in this line. We urge international public to support our efforts”.
Noting that military operations will lead to humanitarian disasters and trigger a refugee flow, Sinirlioğlu said, “It creates enormous security risks in Turkey, Europe and beyond them”.
US Representative agreed with Turkey
US Permanent Representative to UN Nikki Haley noted that Russia and Syria launched over 100 air strikes on Idlib.
Haley said, “Russia, Iran and Assad regime are not interested in political solution. Turkey learned it last week, it asked for truce in Idlib but Russia and Iran didn’t accept it”.
Russia said “Turkey is responsible”
Speaking to journalists after the UN assembly, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s Special Representative to Syria Alexander Lavrentyev expressed that de-conflict zone in Idlib is under Turkey’s responsibility.
“Province of Idlib is in a way under Turkey’s responsibility. Separating Al Nusra and other extremis terrorist groups from moderate opposition groups is Turkey’s responsibility”, Lavrentyev said.
Secretary General: This would unleash an unseen humanitarian nightmare
In his statement to journalists in UN Headquarters after the meeting, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated that too many things are at stake in Idlib and warned that unless a full-scale war is not avoided in Syria, “a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen” will be unleashed.
“I understand that the present situation in Idlib is not sustainable and the presence of terrorist groups cannot be tolerated. But fighting terrorism does not absolve warring parties of their core obligations under international law,” Guterres told reporters. (PT/TK)
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