Finland condemns Turkey’s offensive in Syria and calls for the cessation of hostilities

Government Communications Department 9.10.2019 19.35 | Published in English on 9.10.2019 at 21.52
Press release 515/2019

According to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has today launched an offensive across the Syrian border on areas controlled by Kurdish troops.

Finland firmly appeals for the cessation of hostilities and supports the declaration by the EU High Representative, calling upon Turkey to cease the military action. There is no military solution to the Syrian conflict. Unilateral action may also jeopardise the progress achieved in the fight against ISIL.

“Turkey's actions aggravate the already complex crisis in Syria. We are very concerned about the impacts of the measures on the humanitarian situation in Syria. Hostilities in the region may provoke further displacements. It is important to prepare for this at EU level, too,” Prime Minister Rinne says.

EU foreign ministers will convene for an EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. At the meeting, Finland will call attention to Turkey's attack, its impact on refugees in the region, and the humanitarian needs of Syria. 

“The Government will not grant new arms export licences to Turkey or other countries engaged in war,” the Prime Minister says.

Inquiries: Dimitri Qvintus, Special Adviser (Media Relations), tel. +358 50 477 7362 and Päivi Anttikoski, Director of Government Communications, tel. +358 40 536 4821.