The European Parliament Research Service and the European Parliament Research Park published on its website the claims of residents of northern and eastern Syria who sent them to the European Parliament (or to the institution's public portal).
In the letters, the people of northern and eastern Syria expressed their opinions on current issues, and requested action from Parliament.
The messages received by the President of the European Parliament centered on the situation of the Kurdish population in northeastern Syria, following the Turkish attack in the region in October 2019, in which citizens in their letter to the President expressed their concerns about the situation caused by the Turkish attack, and demanded the European Union to intervene with tangible measures.
The European Parliamentary Research Service and the Research Council of the European Parliament responded by several points to the questions of the people of northern and eastern Syria, as follows:
The European Parliament and other European Union institutions are very concerned about the situation, we would like to inform you that the President of the European Parliament, David Sasoli, stated on October 9, 2019, saying, “I strongly urge Turkey to immediately cease all hostilities. There is a population suffering, we must not allow any something that could cause more suffering. This must stop. This intervention will never be a solution to the problem. We in the international community and the European Union and its institutions demand to stop that this military intervention, and we discuss the possibility of creating a buffer zone, but it must be done in peace and stability and via the dialogue. "
The European Parliament plenary session also held a discussion on October 9, 2019, on the situation in northern Syria, during which the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, made a statement.
The European Union's Foreign Affairs Council, which met in Luxembourg on 14 October 2019, also adopted conclusions on northeastern Syria, including:
The Council recalls the announcement of the High Representative on October 9, 2019 on behalf of the European Union, and urges Turkey once again to stop its unilateral military action in northeastern Syria and withdraw its forces,
The European Union condemns Turkish military action, which seriously undermines the stability and security of the entire region, resulting in more civilians suffering, more displacement, and impeding access to humanitarian assistance.
The European Union states that it will not provide any development assistance in areas where the rights of the local population are being neglected or violated.
In his speech, on October 17, 2019, to President of the European Council, President David Sasoli, said, "For days, people throughout Europe have been following the events of terror and anger in our region, the Kurdish population in northeastern Syria, who have fought bravely against the so-called terrorists of the state." Islamists, who are now under attack by a NATO member state, it is no wonder that our citizens feel a strong sense of gratitude towards the Kurds, because the fight against ISIS was essential to our security. "
Against this background and what was mentioned, the European Parliament reiterates its call to suspend accession negotiations with Turkey, and considered it unacceptable "We strongly reject any attempt by the Turkish authorities to establish a link between its military action in northeastern Syria and the fate of the Syrian refugees on Turkish territory."