A senior US official has criticized the administration of President Donald Trump. For not taking action to prevent Turkey’s attack on Syrian territory. He said this led to “war crimes and ethnic cleansing,” As reported by The New York Times on Thursday.
The paper said it had obtained an internal memo written by William Rubok. The US deputy special envoy to the coalition against ISIS. He noted that the United States “did not try”, to take stronger measures to stop Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
He criticized the “tireless efforts of ethnic cleansing”, by Turkey and its allies against the Kurds in Syria. Erdogan’s military offensive “can only be defined as war crimes or ethnic cleansing,” according to the newspaper.
“One day, when diplomatic history is written, one will wonder what happened here and why officials didn’t prevent this, and didn’t hold Turkey accountable for its behavior,” the paper said.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortigas declined to say whether these “alleged internal private contacts” were correct. “We have made it clear that we strongly disagree with Erdogan’s decision to enter Syria, and we have done everything except the military confrontation to prevent this,” she said.
The spokeswoman said the United States had taken seriously reports. That Turkish-backed fighters had committed abuses, including the killing of civilians. “These questions remain, and we have raised the issue at the highest levels in the Turkish state,” she said.
The Turkish and US presidents are scheduled to meet at the White House next Wednesday. During the meeting they will discuss the situation in northeast Syria. However, this is after the cessation of fighting, between Turkish forces and pro-Syrian factions on the one hand, and Kurdish forces on the other.
Eventually two agreements were made. One with Russia, and another with the United States on October 17. Which allowed the October 9 offensive against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria to be halted.