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The Arab League’s anger at Turkey exposes the organisation’s crass hypocrisy

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22.10.2019

Turkey started its military operation in Syria on 9 October aiming, according to Ankara, to secure a 30 km-wide safe zone along the border. It is planning to clear the zone of Kurdish YPG militants, which are regarded as terrorists by Turkey. Local Arab Syrians were ethnically cleansed by the YPG after the latter liberated the area from Daesh in 2014.

According to Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Operation Peace Spring will help up to 2 million Syrians to resettle in a safe area in their homeland. However, many countries have described the Turkish operation as an invasion which will destabilise the area and could see Daesh fighters escaping from YPG prisons and free again to wreak even more havoc.

At the end of a meeting of the Arab League three days after the start of the Turkish operation, the organisation’s Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, issued a communique which called Turkey’s move an “invasion of an Arab state’s land and aggression against its sovereignty”.

Such an angry response is to be expected from countries which want to protect Israel and make its neighbours permanently weak. However, it is totally unacceptable for the Arab League to react this way. Turkey is doing what the Arab League’s members should be doing by seeking to resettle Syrian refugees in their homeland.

According to Reuters, the Arab League pledged that it would consider taking economic, investment and cultural measures against Turkey; tourism and military cooperation could be hit by these. It also called on the UN Security Council to “take the necessary measures to stop the Turkish aggression and (for) the withdrawal from Syrian territory........

© Middle East Monitor