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UN has no plans for deployment to north Syria safe zone

By Rudaw 18/1/2019
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The head of the United Nations dismissed the idea that the UN might participate in securing a proposed safe zone in northern Syria. 

“We have not any plan for any deployment in Syria at the present moment,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday. 

Washington and Ankara have suggested establishing a safe zone along the Turkey-Syria border to assuage Turkey’s security concerns. The proposal, while scant in detail, would be to create a 32-kilometre deep zone running the length of the border. 

The area in question is home to major Kurdish urban centres, is administered by Kurdish parties, and secured by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey alleges is linked with the PKK. 

US President Donald Trump and his team have been vague on what they envision for the safe zone. 

The Kurdish-led forces and political parties have said they would welcome the creation of a safe zone, but insist they will not accept a Turkish role in the scheme, saying Turkey cannot be a force for peace in the region as it is an aggressor. 

Instead, the Kurds want to see the international community take the lead on the safe zone – the UN, the global coalition against ISIS, or uninterested nations.  

The issue has come to the fore as the US prepares to pull its troops out of Syria where they have been backing the war against ISIS and serving as a buffer between their Kurdish allies in the YPG and NATO partner Turkey, especially around Manbij. Turkey has threatened an assault on Manbij and eastward into Kurdish territory. 

Washington has said it wants to make sure the YPG will be protected. 

The Kurdish administration has initiated talks with Damascus to bring Syrian government troops to the area to protect against a Turkish offensive. 

With reporting from Majeed Gly


alan | 18/1/2019
Antonio Kurds have no security concern ... it is very difficult to understand your world.
@Saalaar | 19/1/2019
Glad to see my proposal to use a UN peace keeping force for a safe zone in n Syria I tweeted to UN Sec Gen on 1/17/19 is gaining support even though I never met @antonioguterres in person, while he seems unaware of my tweet after Rudaw's Majid Gly asked him about the idea in yesterday's press conference. Visit @saalaar for complete turn of that events. You'll also be able to read my vehement opposition to allow any Turkish military presence for the safe zone. The safe zone idea was conveyed by Trump in a controversial tweet last week, which you'll also find posted there. ________________________ A note to Rudaw editors, I'm allowing this comment to be published here or if you decide to use it as a news article story, which has developed in my steady writings of tweets to help finding solutions to save, protect, defend, and secure the 3+million Rojava Kurds since the war in Syria started 8 years ago. My recent focus has been the brutal & Savage attacks on Afrin by Turkey since 1/20/18 & before. Steve Tataii, you may also call me at: 808 688 3523 or write to the said email or

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