Turkish deputy FM defends Operation Olive Branch at the UN

Turkish deputy FM defends Operation Olive Branch at the UN

On Wednesday, the Turkish deputy Foreign minister Ahmet Yildiz, who participated at the 37th annual session of the UN Human Rights Council said that Operation Olive Branch in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin is his country’s legitimate right in self-defense, “enshrined in the UN charter”, as Anadolu reads.

“To undertake an operation was not a matter of choice. It is indeed a legitimate use of the right to self-defense which is enshrined in the UN charter and the relevant Security Council resolutions. We fully respect the territorial integrity of Syria.

Mounting threats, acts of terrorism and aggression against our country due to the conflict in Syria have also forced us to undertake an operation outside our national borders. From Afrin, in northern Syria, more than 700 harassment fires and attacks have targeted the territory of Turkey since the beginning of 2017. The attacks from terrorist organizations such as PKK, PYD/YPG, DAESH and DHKP-C have claimed hundreds or even thousands of innocent civilian lives.”

The Turkish deputy FM stressed that a major concern for his country is not to harm civilians…/IBNA