Iran can bring Syrian Kurds, Syrian govt and Turkey to the negotiating table as Adana Agreement: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Tehran, Oct 12: After Russia offered multilateral dialogue, Iran has offered to mediate between the three parties i.e. Syrian Kurds, Syria’s government and Turkey to establish peace and security along the Turkish-Syrian border following Turkey’s military invasion into northern Syria.Turkey launched offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which it considers a terrorist group with links to the PKK.

The Adana Agreement between Turkey and Syria—still valid—can be the better path to achieve security. Iran can help bring together the Syrian Kurds, the Syrian Govt, and Turkey so that the Syrian Army together with Turkey can guard the border. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet which carried part of an interview he did with Turkish public broadcaster TRT World.

In making the mediation offer, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif referred to a 21-year-old security accord that required Damascus to stop harboring Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants waged an insurgency against the Turkish state. Turkey has said that pact was never implemented.

Zarif said, “US is an irrelevant occupier in Syria—futile to seek its permission or rely on it for security. Achieving peace & fighting terror in Syria will only succeed thru respect for its territorial integrity & its people. Adana provides framework for Turkey & Syria—Iran ready to help.”

Iran’s call came after Russia also offered to mediate and resolve the crisis.

US President Donald Trump tweeted, “We defeated 100% of the ISIS Caliphate and no longer have any troops in the area under attack by Turkey, in Syria. We did our job perfectly! Now Turkey is attacking the Kurds, who have been fighting each other for 200 years….”

“….We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds!,” Trump said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have urged Syrian authorities, Turkey government and Kurdish organisations to restrain from stirring up tensions in Syria and expressed readiness to facilitate a multilateral dialogue so as to restore peace in the Middle East country.

Asserting that sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria should be respected and ensured, he said that Russia is having good relations with all the three concerned parties therefore, is going to promote a dialogue between Damascus, Ankara and Kurdish organisations, in which Syrian officials and representatives of Kurdish organisations have shown interest.

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