MEPs condemn Trump's abandoning of Syrian democratic forces

11 October 2019

We, the Progressive Caucus MEPs, condemn President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian democratic forces. They paid a very heavy toll in their fight against ISIS and showed exemplary courage. This is a serious break by President Trump of his promise to the Kurdish fighters that pave the way to the Turkish military offensive in north-eastern Syria.

 

We are concerned about a further destabilization of the region and denounce the open field left to war. Such an operation will have serious consequences in the fight against ISIS. President Erdogan acts as a criminal, Trump appears as his accomplice, and both will be judged as responsible for the consequences regarding the security of the region and civilians.

 

We recall here our support for the Kurdish democratic forces, commend their determination and their invaluable role in the fight against obscurantism.

 

For the Progressive Caucus in the European Parliament:

Raphaël GLUCKSMANN (S&D)

Dimitrios PAPADIMOULIS (GUE/ NGL)

Jude KIRTON-DARLING (S&D)

Ernest URTASUN (Greens/ EFA)

Saskia BRICMONT (Greens/ EFA)

Manon AUBRY (GUE/ NGL)

Emmanuel MAUREL (GUE/ NGL)

Damien CARÊME (Greens/ EFA)

Marie ARENA (S&D)

Stelios KOULOGLOU (GUE/ NGL)

Konstantinos ARVANITIS (GUE/ NGL)

Maria NOICHL (S&D)

Aurore LALUCQ (S&D)

Julie WARD (S&D)

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