Syrian gov't: Turkish intervention would be "act of aggression"
Published Friday, October 3, 2014
The Syrian government said Friday any Turkish military intervention on its soil would be considered an act of aggression, and urged the UN Security Council to prevent any such action by Ankara.
A day after Turkey's parliament authorized military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in Syria and Iraq, the foreign ministry said the "declared policy of the Turkish government represents a real aggression against a member state of the United Nations."
It is a "flagrant violation of the United Nations charter, which stipulates respect for the national sovereignty of states and non-interference in their domestic affairs," the statement added.
"The international community and, in particular, the Security Council, should act to put an end to the adventures of the Turkish leadership, which represents a threat to world security and peace."
ISIS fighters are pressing to capture the Kurdish town of Kobane, on Syria's border with Turkey, and at least 186,000 people from there and surrounding villages have already fled across the border.
While Thursday's measure did not spell out what action Turkey will take against ISIS, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after the vote "we will do whatever we can so that Kobane does not fall."