Syria - Turkey - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (20.02.18)

Q - What is your response to the growing tensions between Damascus and Ankara regarding the town of Afrin and the Turkish incursion in this region which is currently under the control of the Kurds (YPG), allies of the Global Coalition against Daesh?

A - We have repeatedly expressed to Turkey our attachment to the security of its borders as well as our concern regarding a military operation in a region facing serious humanitarian risks.

The only way to restore peace in Syria and ensure Turkey’s security is through a negotiated solution under UN auspices in accordance with the terms of UNSCR 2254. We are working in this direction in close collaboration with Turkey as well as with our other regional partners.