Factbox: Reaction to Turkey’s military advance into Syria

(Reuters) – Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Wednesday.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reacts during a plenary session on preparations for the next EU leaders’ summit, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Here are some reactions to the operation:


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged Turkey to show restraint and stop its military operation. “If the plan involves the creation of a so-called safe zone, don’t expect the EU to pay for any of it,” he said.


NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said he hoped Turkey’s operations in Syria would be measured and proportionate.


German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Turkey’s operation would lead to further detribalization of the region and could strengthen Islamic State. He urged Turkey to end the operation.


France’s European affairs minister Amelie de Montchalin said France and Britain would call a U.N. Security Council meeting over the Turkish offensive. France, Germany and Britain are finalizing a joint statement condemning the advance.


Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the operation risked destabilizing the region and harming civilians.


Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod tweeted: “Deeply concerned about Turkish military operation in Syria. In my view, this is a regrettable and wrong decision, which can have serious consequences for civilians and the fight against ISIL (Islamic State). Turkey must show restraint. Denmark is in close contact with allies on the matter.”

Editing by William Maclean and Janet Lawrence

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