The Turkish leader refers to the agreement signed between Ankara and Damascus in Adana in 1998.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara has the right to conduct the Operation Peace In neighboring Syria thanks to the Adan Agreement signed by the two governments in 1998. He said this in an interview with Yeni Safak newspaper on October 10
“As for the use of airspace over Syria, it does not belong to the United States. It’s international space, it’s Syrian airspace. If it does not belong to the United States, then the issue of its use is also decided by the regime (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad),” the Turkish leader noted.
According to him, the U.S. is in Syria “not at the invitation of the regime.”
“And we are there within the framework of the agreement (signed between Ankara and Damascus) in Adana. According to this treaty, if the regime does not take action against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, our military has the right to pursue terrorists (in Syria),” Erdogan said.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will destroy the Turkish economy if it starts to destroy the Kurds in northeastern Syria.
Recall that in the 1980s-1990s relations between Turkey and Syria were extremely tense. Ankara accused Damascus of supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
In October 1998, a crisis ensued and Turkey granted Syria a 45-day period during which the country was to withdraw its support for the PKK entirely.
In the same year, the Syrian authorities expelled PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan from the country. On October 20, 1998, the talks between the foreign ministers and the Interior Ministry ended with the signing of a joint protocol and security agreement in Adana.