Syria rejects buffer zones, pledges to maintain sovereignty
Iran Press TV
Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:33PM GMT
Syria has categorically rejected calls for the creation of buffer zones on its territory, saying it would treat any such bid as an act of aggression.
'The Turkish attempts to establish a buffer zone on the Syrian soil are flagrant violation of the Charter of the UN and international law,' the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Wednesday.
It added, 'Syria totally rejects the establishment of a buffer zone on any part of its terrain under any pretext and also rejects the foreign military intervention on its soil.'
The ministry further noted, "The Turkish government, since the outset of the crisis in Syria, has been systematically carrying out everything that could disrupt Syria's stability and jeopardize its sovereignty and territorial integrity."
The statement also stressed that Damascus will take all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Turkey, which supports the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, has repeatedly called for a buffer zone along its border with Syria.
Ankara has said that it will join the so-called US-led military coalition against the ISIL Takfiri militants, if such a buffer zone is carved out.
Last week, French President Francois Hollande also floated the idea of setting up a buffer zone on the Syrian soil.
Syria has been gripped by deadly conflict since March 2011. More than 191,000 people have so far been killed during the more than three years of foreign-backed militancy in the Arab country.
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