Erdogan says Turkey will form buffer zone along Syria border on its own if logistical support not given by allies
Turkey expects a “safe zone” to be set up in Syria along the Turkish border within a few months, otherwise, it will establish the buffer alone, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Erdogan previously said he and US President Donald Trump had discussed setting up a 32km security zone in Syria along the border, after Trump’s decision to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria. The technical aspects of the zone were still being discussed.
“We expect the promise of a security zone – a buffer zone aimed at protecting our country from terrorists – to be fulfilled in a few months,” Erdogan told a televised rally on Friday, referring to the Syrian Kurdish militia that controls the area along the border and is deemed a terror group by Ankara.
“Otherwise, we will definitely form this safe or buffer zone ourselves. Our only expectation from our allies is that they provide logistical support to Turkey’s effort,” he added during the speech in the eastern province of Erzurum.
Erdogan’s statement came after Turkey’s foreign minister said on Thursday that Turkey has the capacity to create a safe zone in Syria on its own, but will not exclude the US, Russia, or others if they want to cooperate.