ArmInfo.At the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron, a closed meeting of the French Security Council took place late Sunday Sunday, the main topic of which was the offensive organized by Turkey in northern Syria.
Thus, according to a message from the Champs Elysees, Macron during his speech emphasized that the unilateral attack launched by Turkey could lead to tragic humanitarian consequences, help the so-called "Islamic State" restore power in the region and lead to long-term destabilization in northeastern Syria. "France completely condemns this," the French leader emphasized.
Following a meeting of the Security Council of France, a number of decisions were made, in particular: official Paris will intensify its diplomatic efforts in the fight against ISIS in close coordination with its partners by the global coalition, the EU and NATO within the framework of the UN Security Council to ensure the immediate cessation of the Turkish offensive; in addition, measures will be taken in a short time to ensure the safety of French military and civilian personnel who are in the area as part of the international coalition against ISIS or are involved in humanitarian efforts; a humanitarian emergency response program will be implemented to meet the needs of people in northeast Syria. "The absolute priority should be to prevent the resurgence of ISIS in the region. The risk of the escape of ISIS prisoners from prisons due to the Turkish offensive is taken into account. In this context, measures have also been taken to strengthen security in the national territory," the Elysee Palace reported in part decisions taken during the meeting. October 9, Turkey announced the operation in the north of Syria, the operation "Source of Peace", which began with air strikes by the Air Force on the positions of Kurdish forces. According to the Turkish side, the purpose of the operation is to create a buffer zone there, which should become a protective belt for the Turkish border. According to Ankara's plan, Syrian refugees will be able to return from Turkey. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called on Turkey to end its offensive in Syria. US President Donald Trump signed a decree on sanctions against Turkey due to the situation in Syria. The document, as follows from a statement by the head of the State Department, Mike Pompeo, is designed to put pressure on Ankara to force it to stop the operation in the Arab Republic. The restrictions may affect people and organizations whose actions "endanger civilians or lead to further undermining peace, security and stability" in the region, a Pompeo written statement said. The Turkish invasion of Syria was also condemned in Yerevan. The Armenian Foreign Ministry emphasized the unacceptability of Turkey's military invasion of northeast Syria and called on the international community to take efforts to curb these actions by the Turkish authorities, which will further destabilize the situation in the region.