The coordinating center of Turkey and the United States for the control of the security zone that will be created in northern Syria will start operating next week, said Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.
The minister reported earlier that six US military personnel who will work at the coordinating center arrived in Sanliurfa province, in southeastern Turkey.
“The coordinating center in Turkey and the US for the control of the security zone in Syria will start operating at full capacity next week,” said Akar, quoted by the Turkish news agency Anadolu.
He also commented that Turkey does not find explanations for cooperation between the US and the Syrian Kurdish self-defense forces (YPG), which is linked to the terrorists organization the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), and hopes that cooperation will end as soon as possible.
Ankara welcomed earlier talks between Turkey and the US dedicated to the creation of a security zone in northern Syria. According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, the two countries agreed to establish a joint operations center and coordinate efforts to create a buffer zone in northern Syria.
The Government of Syria qualifies the Turkish-US agreement on the security zone as a flagrant attack against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Arab country and a serious violation of the principles of international law and the UN Charter.
Ninety US military arrived in the Turkish province of Sanliurfa to participate in the work of the joint operations center and in the creation of a security zone in northern Syria, Haberturk reported.
It is specified that the US military were transported by buses to the city of Akcakale located on the border with Syria.
In turn, the Turkish Ministry of Defense confirmed the arrival of a US delegation made up of six soldiers to the Sanliurfa governorate.
“Work began to create a coordination center for joint operations with the United States and the planned security zone in northern Syria,” the statement said.
The ministry expects the center to start functioning in the next few days.