Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to occupy northern and eastern Syria, raising fears of ethnic cleansing and genocide in the region, which is already home to more than five million people of various religious and national components.
"Turkish threats and mobilization of military forces near the Syrian-Turkish border are serious threats, through which Turkey seeks to intervene directly in the north and east of Syria, in an effort to occupy the region, as well as break the will of the components of the region that have been able to reach important achievements," Barsoum said. "At various, military, political, and administrative levels, especially in the face of terrorist groups that targeted the region."
As for the risks that might face the region in the event of a Turkish attack, Barsoum said, "Turkish military intervention will pose great risks to the region in various components of northern and eastern Syria, and in particular the Syriac and Assyrian people, who will suffer the most damage from the other components, as Turkey uses in its ground attacks mercenary groups, where massacres are committed in the areas they are located, as we have seen in various other areas. "
Barsoum called the Turkish attack "a threat to the Christian presence."
"As a result of the succession of cases of large migration and humanitarian disasters, and displacement towards other areas, for fear of those violations that will be committed massacres against the Syriac and Assyrian people."
"We have sent many messages to Western countries and coalition countries asking them to seek to reduce these risks that may face the region, to take their role to prevent the Turkish attack on the region, and to adhere to the principles and agreement of the recently agreed security mechanism," he said, preventing any recklessness could destabilize security and stability, disrupt the reconstruction of the region, and together preserve the gains made, in which the coalition was a key ally. "