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Iran offers to mediate between Turkey and Syrian Kurds

October 12, 2019

DUBAI, Oct. 12 (Reuters / EP) –

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif has offered Tehran mediation to try to ensure security in border areas between Syria and Turkey, where a Turkish military offensive against Kurdish militias has been taking place since Wednesday.

Zarif has justified this offer in the Adana Agreement, a pact sealed 21 years ago and in which the Government of Syria was urged not to house members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Turkey believes that such an agreement was never implemented, but the head of diplomacy understands that “it is still valid” and “may be the best way to achieve security” in the area.

“Iran can help bring Syrian Kurds, the Syrian Government and Turkey closer so that the Syrian Army and Turkey can monitor the border,” he said in an interview with the state-run TRT network that he has broadcast on social networks.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday that the Adana Agreement, signed in 1998, could only be applied if there is a political resolution of the war in Syria before. He also warned that it would be necessary for the Bashar al Assad regime to control the northeastern part of the country, something that for the moment does not occur.