Turkey needs to deploy more troops to Idlib under Russia deal: Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu

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Turkey will need to deploy more troops to Syria's northwestern Idlib province following a deal signed by Ankara and Moscow that seals a demilitarized zone in the area, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Sept. 18.


"We need extra troop reinforcements. Idlib's borders will be protected. People will stay at their place. Russia will take necessary precautions to prevent attacks against this region and to keep the regime from entering there. Our 12 monitoring stations will remain," Çavuoğlu said at the quadruple ministerial meeting in the capital Ankara.  

"The borders of Idlib will be protected under the memorandum of understanding signed in Sochi. There would be no change in the status of Idlib," he added.

Çavuşoğlu's remarks came a day after Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a demilitarized zone between the opposition and the regime-controlled areas after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia's coastal city of Sochi.

Ankara and Moscow on Sept. 17 signed a memorandum of understanding calling for the stabilization of the situation in Idlib's de-escalation zone.

Çavuşoğlu said heavy weapons will be removed from demilitarized zone in Idlib, adding: "Civilians will stay, only terrorist groups will be removed."

He added heavy weapons will be removed from demilitarized zone in Idlib by Oct. 15.

Çavuşoğlu added the region would be cleared off from "radicals" and cease-fire would be ensured.

The minister also said two main highways in Syria will be re-opened for traffic by the end of 2018. 

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Turkey needs to deploy more troops to Idlib under Russia deal: Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu

2018/09/1537272538.jpg
Read: 510     16:24     18 September 2018    

Turkey will need to deploy more troops to Syria's northwestern Idlib province following a deal signed by Ankara and Moscow that seals a demilitarized zone in the area, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Sept. 18.


"We need extra troop reinforcements. Idlib's borders will be protected. People will stay at their place. Russia will take necessary precautions to prevent attacks against this region and to keep the regime from entering there. Our 12 monitoring stations will remain," Çavuoğlu said at the quadruple ministerial meeting in the capital Ankara.  

"The borders of Idlib will be protected under the memorandum of understanding signed in Sochi. There would be no change in the status of Idlib," he added.

Çavuşoğlu's remarks came a day after Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a demilitarized zone between the opposition and the regime-controlled areas after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia's coastal city of Sochi.

Ankara and Moscow on Sept. 17 signed a memorandum of understanding calling for the stabilization of the situation in Idlib's de-escalation zone.

Çavuşoğlu said heavy weapons will be removed from demilitarized zone in Idlib, adding: "Civilians will stay, only terrorist groups will be removed."

He added heavy weapons will be removed from demilitarized zone in Idlib by Oct. 15.

Çavuşoğlu added the region would be cleared off from "radicals" and cease-fire would be ensured.

The minister also said two main highways in Syria will be re-opened for traffic by the end of 2018. 

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