Turkey disputes with U.S., France over conditions of Syria ceasefire

By Middle East Affairs

Turkey criticized France and United States on Wednesday for public comments about the nation’s continued military operation in Syria despite an international ceasefire, AFP reports.

Turkey is involved in a month-long operation in the Afrin region against the Kurdish militia, which the country sees as a terrorist group.

In order to evacuate civilians and deliver aid, the United Nations Security Council agreed to a 30-day nationwide ceasefire in Syria. The agreement has yet to be implemented, though.

While Turkey is in favor of the ceasefire, it insists the truce does not include its operation Afrin.

In an statement, French President Emmanuel Macron claimed he told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call Monday that the ceasefire must apply to the entire country, including Afrin, AFP reports.

However, according to the news agency, the Turkish foreign ministry said that statement was never made in the phone call, accusing France of “misinforming public opinion.”

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert also said the ceasefire applies to Afrin, AFP says.

“Turkey is more than welcome to go back and read the exact text of this U.N. Security Council resolution, and I would suggest they do so,” she said.

 

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