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Macron questions NATO after “madness” of Turkish offensive in Syria

October 18, 2019
Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron – Thierry Roge / BELGA / dpa

Juncker and Tuks lament the “mistake” of not opening negotiations with Macedonina and Albania

BRUSSELS, Oct. 18 (EUROPE PRESS) –

French President Emmanuel Macron has considered that the “madness” of Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria “raises questions about how NATO works” and has insisted that the Turkish operation will harm the credibility of the allies when it comes to finding “partners on the ground” in the fight against terrorism.

“I think that what has happened in recent days is a serious mistake of the West and NATO in the region,” the French president has said at a press conference at the end of the two-day European summit.

Macron, who has criticized that he learned “through a tweet, like the rest of the world” of the US decision to withdraw US forces from the area and Ankara to launch his offensive, has warned that what happened “will weaken Long term “the credibility of the allies to” find partners on the ground who are willing to fight “on their side against terrorism. “Thinking they will be protected in the long term,” he warned.

The French president has insisted on the need to “understand where Turkey wants to go” and guarantee “solidarity” between allies, demanding that Ankara return to “more reasonable positions” to meet its internal security objectives.

Macron, but also German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the coming weeks, possibly in London.

“The ceasefire is not what we expected. It is not a ceasefire in fact. It is a request for capitulation to the Kurds,” warned the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, who has demanded that the Twenty-Eight be “very consistent “and demand the” permanent end of their military actions immediately “.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has acknowledged that it remains to be seen if the ceasefire agreed on Thursday between the United States and Turkey in northeastern Syria “can lead to conflict resolution.”

But he has advocated granting “more” help to Turkey after praising “the excellent work” he is doing in welcoming 3.6 million refugees, a position that, he said, has “nothing to do” with Erdogan's threat of “open the door” of Europe to refugees.

“No, I think it has nothing to do with it,” he said, while making it clear that oil drilling in Turkey in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus “is not acceptable.”

EU Heads of State and Government on Thursday condemned the Turkish “unilateral” military offensive against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria and limited themselves to “taking note” of the agreed ceasefire, while defending the decision to Europeans “paralyze arms export licenses to Turkey” in response to the Turkish offensive.

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has been “very disappointed” by the lack of consensus between countries to start accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, which France rejected flat, although others Countries like Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands were reluctant to take the step with Tirana. “It is a historic weight,” he acknowledged.

“North Macedonia and Albania are not to blame,” Tusk added, also charging the blame in “a few member states” after defending that “both” have done what they were asked. “It's a mistake”; It has riveted.

The French president has reaffirmed his refusal to move forward with North Macedonia and Albania, insisting that “before opening to new member states” the block door.

He must undertake a reform of the process, something that Paris demands for years “It must be clearly reversible. If not, it is not credible,” he warned.

Merkel has said that he supports the French proposal to reform the enlargement process, but has considered that a signal had to be sent at the summit with both Balkan countries, giving the green light at the start of accession negotiations.