UN chief backs Turkey's legitimate security concerns

UN chief backs Turkey's legitimate security concerns

WASHINGTON – Anadolu Agency
UN chief backs Turkeys legitimate security concerns

Turkey has justifiable security interests in northeastern Syria, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Jan. 18 amid calls for a buffer zone the area.

Guterres said any solution must take into account Syria's territorial integrity, the "legitimate security concerns" of Turkey, and recognition of Syria's diversity.

"These are the three criteria that we have in analyzing any proposal that might eventually exist," Guterres said.

In a Twitter post on Jan. 14, U.S. President Donald Trump proposed the establishment of a 20-mile (32-kilometer) wide safe zone in Syria's eastern Euphrates region.

Later, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a phone talk with his U.S. counterpart and evaluated the details of the safe zone.

The proposal will be discussed during an upcoming Russian-Turkish presidential-level meeting, according to Turkish presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın.

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