To protect the Kurds in Syria, Green Youth wants a UN troop to enter the area, under Swedish leadership. Photo: Taylor Mohr

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Coherent voices for international action against Turkey

The debate over Turkey's offensive in Syria has continued to be intense this week. A number of opinion leaders have commented on the responsibilities of both the UN and the EU, and that Sweden should take a clear position to protect the Kurds. But there are also voices who think that the image of the conflict is misleading.

Green Youth writes in Aftonbladet that it is the outside world's duty to defend the Kurds who have fought against the terrorist organization Daesh. They believe that the Security Council, in line with its fundamental task of maintaining and defending international peace, should act to protect the Kurds.

"We want to see a UN peacekeeping force under Swedish leadership, both with the task of securing the area from Turkish invasion, but also to ensure that Daesh does not gain new strength ", writes Grön Ungdom.

Criticism has also been leveled at the EU, including from the Liberal Youth League. They write in Svenska Dagbladet that the EU should act against Turkey, partly by tearing up the migration agreement that was concluded in 2016 between the two parties, partly by introducing an arms embargo and harsh sanctions against Turkey.

"If you do not respect international law or human rights, it will hurt financially," writes the Liberal Youth Union.

EU foreign ministers wrote in a joint statement that they agreed to "condemn Turkey's military action which seriously undermines the stability and security of the whole region". However, no concrete measures have yet been put forward.

The Swedish government has also chosen to take a stand on the issue and has, with the support of the Riksdag, decided to impose an arms embargo on Turkey. Turkey's Stockholm Ambassador is disappointed with this, and believes that the outside world has misunderstood the situation and Turkey's intentions.

The debater and Syrian expert Yasir Al-Sayed Issa also thinks that the situation is partly presented in a misleading way. He writes in Svenska Dagbladet that it is important to distinguish between the Kurdish civilian population and the Kurdish forces. The latter, writes Yasir Al-Sayed Issa, are "guilty of widespread war crimes", according to a report by Amnesty International.

The Swedish Riksbank's prize in memory of Alfred Nobel goes this year to Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer. The work of the three researchers examines which measures are most effective in combating global poverty. This is becoming very relevant right now in view of the ongoing debate on the legitimacy of Swedish development assistance.

"This year's economy prize is a godsend for development aid," writes Gunnar Wetterberg in Expressen.

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