Target: Member Countries of the United Nations Security Council
Goal: End the violence in Syria and at its border regions.
Tensions are teetering towards war on the border region of Syria and Turkey where stray shells and missiles from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s loyal forces have left many dead in Turkish border towns–towns like Akcakale, where resident Omar Timucin and his family were seeking safety in the shelter of their home when a Syrian shell broke through the walls. His wife and three daughters were all killed instantly, along with his sister-in-law.
For the past 19 months, forces loyal to the Assad regime have battled opposition forces for control of the country. Despite international warnings, Assad and his regime have refused to step down and the country has been at war since. Now as attacks escalate, neighboring countries are feeling the pressure as well as the tinges of war seeping into their own territory. In response, Turkey has stepped up their military presence by returning artillery fire, flying fighter jets in the area and expanding their presence along the border.
In a speech given recently at the opening of the World Forum for Democracy, United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned about the growing violence at the border. “The escalation of the conflict and the impact of the crisis on Lebanon are extremely dangerous,” Ki-moon explained. As many expected, the issues are no longer being contained. With the increasing violence, Turkey’s government has already received permission from its parliament to use military force if necessary.
As a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Turkey’s involvement may spark an even greater conflict. The floor is shifting below the region’s feet and Turkey’s restraint may not last much longer. Urge the United Nations Security Council, a principal organ tasked with upholding peace and security among counties, to reduce the violence in this region by signing the petition below.
Dear Members of the UN Security Council
Violence in Syria is growing and quickly trickling over the border into other countries like Turkey. Although encouraged to practice restraint, the Turkish government may not be able to keep their patience much longer—as evidenced by the recent decision by the Turkish parliament to grant permission for the government to respond militarily to acts of violence. Already, Turkey is responding by strengthened their military presence on their border.
As a member country of NATO, Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian backlash may expand and become a much greater issue. In order to stop the present (and future) violence, the fighting in Syria must not be allowed to continue. As a principal organ of the United Nations, the Security Council has been charged with maintaining international peace and security. The Security Council must do so now before the situation escalates.
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