Turkey is working to reach cease-fire in Syria's Idlib

Blanche Robertson
September 15, 2018

Turkey on Thursday called for Washington "to assess who its real allies in the region are" as the Assad regime in Syria is reported to be preparing an attack on the country's northwestern Idlib province.

Recalling Turkey's efforts to find a political solution to the ongoing Syrian crisis, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Friday that Turkey is working to reach a ceasefire in Idlib and the two presidents will discuss the issue on Monday.

"Having YPG forces operating from Syria, just miles from the border of Turkey, is untenable".

Cavusoglu noted in the letter that the YPG is the Syrian affiliate of the PKK, which the US, Turkey and the European Union have listed as a terrorist organisation.

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In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people.

Speaking at a joint news conference with his Pakistani counterpart, Cavusoglu said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the topic of Syria on Monday. Russian Federation and Iran are key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, officials said, amid rising global concern over a looming Syrian government assault on a rebel-held province bordering Turkey.

United Nations agencies and relief organizations have warned repeatedly that such an assault could spark one of the worst humanitarian disasters of Syria's seven-year war.

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