Turkish operation to bring peace in region, NATO PA told

Turkey on Saturday briefed about the country’s ongoing Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria at NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) in London.

“We told the parties that Turkey launched the operation as part of the Article 51 of the UN Convention to protect our rights at the border, to prevent the persecution of the terrorists in the region and to prevent the attacks,” said Osman Askin Bak, the head of Turkish delegation of the NATO PA.

Speaking at the 65th annual session in the U.K.’s capital London, Bak stressed that Operation Peace Spring was launched to bring peace to the region as it was done before with Operation Euphrates Shield and Operation Olive Branch.

Bak also mentioned that the Turkish delegation expressed their views on the issues of terrorism and refugees at the committees of the NATO PA and Turkish side highlighted that, up to 2 million refugees can live in the safe zones that will be established by the Operation Peace Spring.

“Our European allies and friends do not support us [on refugee issue]. They follow two-faced policies. But we will decisively complete this operation,” he added.

Relations with Russia, Iran’s nuclear program and situation in Afghanistan will be issued on Monday at the session which NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg will also be attending.

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