February 18, 2019

Kurdistan Syrian Kurds call on EU countries to help create safe zone in Syria

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

Top officials from the Kurdish-backed administrations in northeastern Syria have called on European states to create an international force and safe zone and not to abandon the Syrian Kurds.

“If they [Europe] don’t meet their commitments, they are effectively abandoning us,” Aldar Khalil, a top Syrian Kurdish official, told AFP on Sunday.

Khalil called on France, in particular, to work with the United Nations to create a buffer zone along the border with Turkey. He said it could be modeled on the UN peace forces in Lebanon.

“France can table a proposal to the Security Council on our protection, suggesting an international force between us and the Turks – of which it would be part – or to protect our airspace.”

Abdul Hamid al-Muhabash, the co-chair of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) in northeastern Syria, told Kurdistan 24 that any buffer zone should be under “international sponsorship and the UN.”

Read the full article and more on Kurdistan 24.

Authors

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focuses on the analysis of complex confli...