Sunday, July 5, 2015
Aleppo already de facto a 'protectorate' of 'Neo Ottoman conqueror' Turkey?
Aleppo already de facto a 'protectorate' of 'Islamist' Turkey? (Aawsat).
Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Syrian activists and economists have proposed a new initiative to use the Turkish lira as the main currency in liberated areas of Aleppo, following recent gains made by rebels in Syria’s largest city.
The initiative calls for Syrians owning more than 10,000 Syrian pounds to change the excess home currency into Turkish lira to be used in rebel-controlled areas of the city.
The Association of Syrian Economists said in a recently held conference that they and Syrian activists were putting forward the plan in “order to put economic pressure on the regime of [Syrian President] Bashar Al-Assad in the sense that [a move such as this] would help speed up its downfall.”
Proponents of the plan say it will help ordinary people obtain access to basic goods in light of the lira’s stability against the US dollar, compared with the Syrian pound, which is now equivalent to almost 200 dollars. Before the outbreak of the Syrian conflict the country’s currency had for a number of years stabilized at around 50 dollars per pound.
The Association said it is putting forward the plan to the interim Syrian government and the country’s internationally recognized opposition group the Syrian National Coalition, which are both currently based in Turkey.
A source from the Syrian interim government told Asharq Al-Awsat they had been informed of the proposal but that no moves had yet been made to adopt it.
“A group of activists told us of this proposal and we have informed them that it still needs to evolve and undergo evaluation,” the source said.
“The [interim] government . . . is still studying this proposal, especially since it behooves us to also discuss it with Turkish officials, because it firstly concerns them.”
Meanwhile, Ahmed Ramadan, a member of the Syrian National Coalition’s Politburo, welcomed the proposal and called on the Coalition to adopt it.
“This idea to replace the Syrian currency with Turkish lira was previously put forward by the interim government’s Finance Ministry, but it was not implemented,” Ramadan told Asharq Al-Awsat.
“Even though the Coalition has still not looked into the current proposal properly, I personally absolutely support it.” Hmmmm.....When will the U.N. change the border lines of Syria in favor of 'Gross Turkey'?