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Damascus slams French support for buffer zone in Syria

Damascus: Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad slammed on Wednesday France's support to the idea of setting up a buffer zone between Turkey and Syria, media reported.Mekdad condemned in the strongest possible terms the stance

IANS [ Updated: October 09, 2014 7:34 IST ]
damascus slams french support for buffer zone in syria
damascus slams french support for buffer zone in syria

Damascus: Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad slammed on Wednesday France's support to the idea of setting up a buffer zone between Turkey and Syria, media reported.

Mekdad condemned in the strongest possible terms the stance of French President Francois Hollande, who has declared his support for the Turkish idea of setting up a buffer zone between Syria and Turkey,Xinhua reported citing the SANA news agency.

He adding that the French's stance has exposed Hollande's "support for terrorism and for the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has armed and facilitated the flow of terrorists into Syria to spell the blood of its people."

Earlier in the day, Hollande declared his support for the idea of imposing a buffer zone between Turkey and Syria to create a safe haven for Syrian refugees, echoing the demand of Turkey, which has for long floated the idea of a buffer zone coupled with a no fly zone under the pretext of helping the Syrian refugees.

As the Islamic State (IS) militants have been advancing towards the Syria's strategic city of Kobane on the Syrian-Turkish borders, Ankara revived talks about the need for setting up a buffer zone and a no fly zone in Syria.

Kurdish activists have accused Turkey of supporting the IS to capture the city in a bid to re-float the buffer zone idea and to intervene militarily into Syria.

 

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