Cavusoglu: Pause of Turkey's op in Syria not cease-fire

Baku, October 17, AZERTAC

The pause in Turkey's anti-terror operation in Syria is not a ceasefire, Turkey’s foreign minister said, according to Anadolu Agency.

"Turkey will end the operation in northern Syria only after YPG/PKK terrorists leave [the safe zone]," Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference.

Cavusoglu said Turkey will pause the operation for the YPG/PKK’s withdrawal within five days while stressing that this is not a ceasefire, as this can only happen between two legitimate sides.

"When we pause the operation, the U.S. will stop the sanctions attempts, and we can only end the operation after the previous conditions have been met," he said, adding when the YPG withdraws from the region, then the operation will end.

Referring to article nine of the joint Turkish-U.S. statement, he said the two sides also agreed on the collection of the YPG’s heavy weapons and the disablement of their fortifications and all other fighting positions.

Turkey and the U.S. “agreed on collecting the heavy weapons of the YPG, destroying their positions and fortifications," Cavusoglu added.

Referring to today's negotiations with the U.S., he said Turkey got what it wanted as a result of the strong leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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