10. Oktober 2014, von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Wie weit es mit dem sog. Multilateralismus gekommen ist und welche Rolle heute die UN spielt d├╝rfte nichts so gut verdeutlichen, wie dieser Appell:

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura on Oct. 10 called on Turkey to allow Kurds to cross back into Syria to defend the key border town of Kobane from an onslaught by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadists.

„We would like to appeal to the Turkish authorities in order to allow the flow of volunteers at least, and their equipment to be able to enter the city to contribute to a self-defence operation,“ de Mistura, the U.N.’s Syria envoy, told reporters in Geneva.

He also called on Turkey, „if they can, to support the deterrent actions of the coalition through whatever means from their own territory.“

Kobane, where Kurdish fighters are holding out after a three-week offensive by the ISIL militants, has become a crucial battleground in the fight against he ISIL extremists.

The statement marked an unusual one by the United Nations, which usually strives to stay neutral in conflicts, but de Mistura explained the rare appeal by the precarious situation in the key border town.

Kobane was „literally surrounded“ except for one narrow entry and exit point, with up to 700 mainly elderly civilians still inside the city centre, with another 10,000-13,000 gathered nearby, he said.

„If this falls, the 700 plus perhaps if they move a little bit further the 12,000 people … will be most likely massacred,“ he warned.


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