Monday, February 15, 2016
Former Turkish FM: Turkey may lose territory if it intervenes militarily in Syria.
Former Turkish FM: Turkey may lose territory if it intervenes militarily in Syria. (TZ).
Former Foreign Minister Yaşar Yakış has warned that Turkey may risk losing a portion of its own territory should it decide to intervene militarily in Syria amid an intensified military campaign by regime forces backed by Russia.
In an interview with Today's Zaman, Yakış stated that Turkey may look to occupy the region between Azaz and Jarablus in Syria, which is known as the “Mare Line,” to protect rebels from the opposition but warned that Turkey may very well lose the Hatay province from its territory if things do not pan out the way Ankara expects.
“The world would not accept such interference [by Turkey's military in Syria]. It would not allow the border to be redrawn unilaterally. What's more, if the Turkish military faced defeat, Syria might reintroduce the claim that Hatay belongs to Syria,” he explained.
Syria has never approved of the annexation of Hatay by Turkey in 1939, a year after the province declared its independence from Syria and later decided to join Turkey. But Damascus has not pushed the issue forward with any force so as not to harm ties.
Yakış noted that the Turkish military will have to face superior Russian forces if it intervenes in Syria, and he warned that Russia has been waiting for a reason to unleash severe punishment on Turkey since the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber last year.
“Just as with the intervention in Cyprus, the US may leave Turkey alone,” he noted, adding that Russia and some Western states may want to drag Turkey into the conflict in Syria.
“It is guaranteed that Russia will be the main actor in shaping the future of Syria,” he stated.
Yakış said he believes the military is much more reserved about the prospect of entering Syria.
The veteran diplomat also questioned the capability of the Saudi Arabian army, saying that it lacks the capability and experience to wage an effective war in Syria. Hmmm......The 'Madman of Europe' actually risks to loose more territory see below. Read the full story here.
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