The German government on Monday warned Turkey that a military incursion into Syria would increase tensions, further instability and have serious humanitarian consequences, Deutsche Welle Turkish reported.
Berlin takes Ankara’s repeated statements on launching a unilateral military intervention against northern Syria very seriously, government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said.
“The success against ISIS should not be risked,” she said. “This success was made possible by mostly Syrian Kurds, with support from the international coalition. Now what is needed are approaches to end violence and establish stability.”
Interior Ministry Spokesman Steve Alter said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer had expressed to Turkish authorities the issues his government with the safe zone Turkey envisages in Syrian territory along the border.
Turkey has threatened a military intervention against northeastern Syrian territory mainly controlled by Kurdish militia after what it called lack of progress on a safe zone Turkey and the United States had agreed to establish in the region in August.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday said the country was ready to launch the operation against U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The SDF is an umbrella organisation dominated by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which has led the U.S. war on the Islamic State (ISIS) in the region.
Germany has stressed its concerns regarding possible military action by Turkey in meetings with both press members and Turkish authorities, deputy spokesman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry Christopher Burger said.