Tuesday , 22 September 2020

The International Religious Freedom Roundtable asks Turkey’s Inhumane War Against Religious and Ethnic Minorities in NE Syria Must Be Stopped!

Shabtabnews – Today in an open letter to President Trump the International Religious Freedom Roundtable asks for the Turkey’s Inhumane War against Religious and Ethnic Minorities in NE Syria to  be stopped!

The letter states that “Turkey has failed to honor the commitments it made to you and to Vice President Mike Pence in the Joint Turkish-US Statement on Northeast Syria dated October 17, 2019 (the “Statement”). The Statement was intended to protect minority citizens of the Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES) after Turkey’s invasion of AANES produced a huge outcry from US citizens, NGO’s, and the US Congress.”

Given this failure the letter goes on to state, “Sadly, Turkey’s President appears to believe that no one will stop his aggressive steps. Turkey interprets our public silence as weakness. Sanctions are something President Erdogan understands. Please announce that you will promptly reimpose the 2019 sanctions if Turkey’s behavior does not dramatically improve.” And urges by “Presidential order, to remove AANES from Syria-wide sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Those sanctions deprive AANES of access to world financial markets and foreign investment. “

The full letter can be seen below:

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