Akram, Angry Arab's correspondent in Syria, sent me this:
"As of now, the two sides agree that their border disputes are ended, and that none of them has any claims or rights accrued in the territory of the other side.
The "two sides" are Turkey and Syria, the "border disputes" concerns the Turkish province of Hatay (known in Syria as Liwa' Iskenderun) annexed by the French mandate to Turkey in 1939 as the price that Syria paid on behalf of France and the allied forces so Turkey takes their side in the Wold War II. And the above statement is the third annex of the secret Adana agreement signed between the Syrian regime and the Republic of Turkey in 1998 as a result of the great tension the relations between the two countries had witnessed then on the background of the Turkish claims that the Syrian regime was hosting and assisting the PKK party.
But this isn't everything. According to the agreement, the Syrian regime had given Turkey the right to take all necessary security measures within 5 km deep into Syrian territory without giving Syria the same right.
If the text is proved to be authentic, it means that:
- The regime who has oppressed looted the Syrian people since 1970 in the name of its alleged defense of the Syrian sovereignty, has conceded in the name of the Syrian people and without having its approval (represented at least by the ever-sleeping Syrian parliament) a part of the Syrian territory leaving to the coming generations the burden of engaging, from a weak position, a legal contest in order to recuperate its stolen territory
- Turkey may claim that its latest aggressions against the Syrian territory are legally justified according to the agreement without the Syrian side has the right to present any objection (and this may, partly, explain the silence of the Syrian regime towards the recent Turkish violations of the Syrian sovereignty)