France, Britain, Germany to condemn Turkish offensive in Syria, call UN meeting

France, Britain, Germany to condemn Turkish offensive in Syria, call UN meeting

France’s European affairs minister said on Wednesday that France, Britain and Germany had called for the United Nations Security Council to meet to discuss the Turkish offensive in northern Syria.

Speaking to the parliamentary foreign affairs committee Amelie de Montchalin said the three countries were also finalizing a joint statement to “strongly condemn” the Turkish offensive, but said a separate EU statement had yet to be agreed because some countries had not signed up to it.

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday that Turkish operations in Syria risk destabilizing the region and harming civilians.

European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker demanded Turkey halt its military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, telling Ankara the bloc would not pay for any so-called “safe zone” that might be created.

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