October 17, 2019

Moulton Statement on Ceasefire in Northern Syria

WASHINGTON — Moments ago in Turkey, Vice President Mike Pence announced a 120-hour ceasefire between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds. The deal will force the Kurds living in Turkey’s desired buffer zone from their homes and extracts no concessions from Turkey. The deal also includes no sanctions on Turkey’s leaders in response to their invasion of Kurdish held territory in Syria after the president’s decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies.

Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA) made the following statement:

“Preventing our allies from being slaughtered by our commander in chief’s foreign policy blunders is nothing to celebrate--it should be the bare minimum,” Moulton said. “This White House continues to hand Turkey’s Putin-allied president everything President Trump promised him on the phone last week for nothing in return. Our Kurdish allies who have paid a heavy price to protect us from ISIS get nothing from this deal except a long march out of their homes and cities after being bombarded and attacked for a week. I am still gravely concerned for their safety and about the resurgence of ISIS because of the president's recklessness.”

BACKGROUND

Yesterday, the Democrats and Republicans in the House overwhelmingly passed a rebuke of the president's decision to withdrawal from Syria and abandon our allies.

Moulton spoke from the floor of the House of Representatives and demanded a strategy to protect our allies and prevent the resurgence of ISIS that the president’s decision is expected to create. A broadcast quality clip of the speech is available here.

Moulton has called for powerful sanctions and additional action yesterday in a conversation with a founder of the New England Kurdish Association before heading to Washington.

Moulton has been demanding action to protect the Kurds and stop the resurgence of ISIS since the news broke that President Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Erdogan and acquiesced to Turkey’s request to abandon the Syrian Kurds, a key ally in the fight against ISIS. Moulton wrote an op-ed last week outlining why the decision is so dangerous and pointed out the hypocrisy of the Administration’s decision last week to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia.

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