NATO: Establishing buffer zones in Syria not a decision for NATO to make


Anatolia, Turkey, SANA – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated that establishing buffer zones in Syria, something which some states in the region are demanding, is not within the NATO’s authority.

During the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Anatolia on Wednesday, Stoltenberg said no decision on making buffer zones in Syria would be made during that meeting, and that this issue had been discussed several times, but the NATO isn’t the side with the authority to decide whether to establish a buffer zone in Syria or not.

He also stressed that NATO is not involved directly in the operations of the U.S.-led alliance against ISIS, even though NATO member states are taking part in these operations in Iraq and Syria, highlighting that “NATO is not the side taking decisions or leading the alliance.”

Mohammad Nassr / Hazem Sabbagh

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