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Armenian Ambassador to Syria speaks to “Al-Watan Online”

 DAMASCUS- The Armenian Ambassador to Damascus Dikran Kevorkian has affirmed that the provocative actions of the Turkish armed forces in the disputed province of Nagorno-Karabakh seriously threaten regional security and impede the international community’s efforts to stop hostilities. He called on foreign powers to refrain from escalating the conflict.

In an exclusive interview with the Damascus-based “al-Watan” local newspaper, Kevorkian said that Armenia is preparing relevant documents to submit them to international courts, and it has already submitted a document to the European Court for Human Rights, regarding the bombing of peaceful Armenian "settlements" and the killing of their residents.

He stressed that the presence of terrorists in Azerbaijan is an undeniable fact and that according to different sources the terrorists number thousands. He said that Azerbaijan does not allow the provision of accurate data about the number of mercenaries who were killed on the battlefield, noting that more than a hundred of these mercenaries have been killed so far.

French Colonel (Retired.) expects new positive international relations

French Colonel (Ret.) Alain Corvez reckons a positive shift in international relations if the current US president Donald Trump is re-elected in the forthcoming US elections.

In an interview with Syria Times e-newspaper, Mr. Corvez said that he does not contemplate improvement in Syria and EU relations in general and Syria and France in particular before the American elections.

"You know the whole world is frozen waiting for the new US president because no important decisions will be made by the US before this election .

He expects that Mr. Trump will be re-elected because he is a 'strong man' and at this specific moment in the US the Americans need a strong man to lead them because they have many different views and many turmoils inside US and there is an important risk of civil war in the US.

Erdogan’s rebellion against the Lausanne Treaty

By Dr. Anas al-Raheb

Turkey is part of Europe and a NATO member whose army ranks second among other members in terms of strength.  It is also the biggest economy in the Middle East. The United States believes that Turkey is important in confronting China and Russia. Also, the European Union sees that Turkey is important as a central point between the EU on the one hand and Asia and the Middle East on the other. Turkey also has influence in the Balkans and the Caucasus.

Turkey, under Recep Tayyib Erdogan, is in a state of conflict with all, be they friends or non-friends, and there are serious calls for expelling it from NATO due to its provocative and aggressive behavior towards Greece and Cyprus, the two European Union (EU) member states. Also, Turkey engaged itself in an open war in both Syria and Libya.

 A hundred years after the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, the Turks plan to reconsider their arrangements within a special strategy that considers new developments in a different light.

One hundred years ago, France, Britain and Italy held a meeting in the southwest of Paris to divide the Ottoman Empire. The meeting concluded after signing the "Treaty of Sèvres" on August 10th, 1920 after World War I, which paved the way for the reformation of the New Middle East.

The treaty put harsh conditions on the defeated Ottomans. The nationalists Ottomans led by Ataturk rejected the treaty, waged several wars on the French, the Greeks and the Italians and managed to drive them out of Anatolia and force them to sign a new treaty with new conditions in 1923 known as the "Treaty of Lausanne" that set the borders of modern Turkey.

Taking into consideration the new developments in the region, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) found that Turkey has many elements that help it be an international player, not a regional one, with an independent policy just like the world’s super powers. To achieve this, Turkey has to get out of the box of "Lausanne Treaty" of 1923 and regain its influence through expanding itself on the ground even by force.

As the Turkish occupation persists in cutting off drinking water from Hasaka, the suffering continues

In light of the Turkish occupation's control of Alouk station, which is the main source of drinking water for more than a million civilians, the suffering of the people of Hasakah continues, depicted  in their daily search to secure a few liters of water to quench the family’s thirst.

Dozens of children, elderly and women gather daily around water tanks that are provided by government agencies in cooperation with the organizations, but they do not meet their needs, especially since there are areas that these tanks do not reach due to the great pressure on them and their distance from the city center.  Some people have resorted to the outskirts of neighborhoods to secure drinking water from salty wells, as they have no other choice.

Erdogan's regime applies a policy of Turkification in the areas occupied by its forces in northern Syria

The Turkish regime, headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, continues its systematic Turkification policy in the areas occupied by its forces and terrorist organizations in northern Syria.

This Turkification policy includes changing the Turkish occupied area’ features, making a demographic change in it, displacing its residents, imposing deals in Turkish lira instead of the Syrian national currency, changing school curricula and the names of towns and villages in it.

In a new step in the context of Turkification policy on August 15, media outlets revealed that the Turkish Higher Education Council approved the expansion of the (Gaziantep) University branches and opening three new study departments in the Turkish -occupied areas in northern Syria.