In a sign of just how out of control Syria has the potential to become, Frances UN representative made a statement indicating just how serious the Syrian situation is. The link is below.
France: Syria risks becoming ‘international confrontation’
By Rudaw 2 hours ago
“Look at the situation in Syria: all the ingredients are present, if we do nothing about it urgently, for a major regional and international confrontation,” Ambassador Francois Delattre said on Wednesday in answer to a question from Rudaw’s Majeed Gly.
Delattre was on his way into a session of the UN Security Council that will discuss a resolution proposing a one-month humanitarian ceasefire in Syria.
The UN requested a ceasefire in order to allow delivery of humanitarian aid to desperate civilian populations after nearly seven years of war in the country that has drawn international actors into its complicated battle field. Russia and Iran are backing Damascus, the US and the global coalition are backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to fight ISIS, and Turkey is backing elements within Syrian rebel forces to combat ISIS and the Kurdish forces.
The potential for conflict between the United States and Russia was highlighted when reports emerged of possible Russian casualties in US-led coalition airstrikes on Syrian regime allies in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province.
NATO allies Turkey and the United States have verbally sparred over the northern Syrian town of Manbij, where the United States has forces training and assisting its Syrian allies in the war against ISIS – forces that Ankara alleges are a branch of the PKK, a named terror organization.
Last week, an Israeli jet crashed during retaliatory operations in Syria after an Iranian drone allegedly entered Israel’s airspace from Syria.
The threat of confrontation between the various international actors combined with the humanitarian emergency “is enough to call for a strong reaction” and support for the ceasefire, Delattre explained. “We believe that the strategic component of all this is now another source of great emergency and extreme concern for us and also, I guess, for many of my colleagues.”
Asked if Turkey would be obliged to cease its Operation Olive Branch in Afrin if the Security Council passes the resolution, the ambassador from Sweden, which is a co-sponsor of the draft resolution, declined to comment.
Russia said last week that a ceasefire was “not realistic.”
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