Turkey will not tolerate US stalling on Syria safe zone, FM Çavuşoğlu says

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The U.S. will not be able to stall Ankara on the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said on Thursday.


"What we say is that a U.S. stalling tactic will not work. Unfortunately, they employed such stalling on Manbij, they did not keep their promise," Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told a joint news conference with Nabeela F. Tunis, his counterpart from Sierra Leone, in capital Ankara.

The Manbij deal between Turkey and the U.S. focuses on the withdrawal of People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists from the northern Syrian to stabilize the region, which is located north of Aleppo near the Turkish border.

The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group, which has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people in Turkey, including many children, women, and infants, for more than 30 years.

Çavuşoğlu underlined that the preliminary agreement between Ankara and Washington for a safe zone was only a beginning and that there remained "many topics" that need detailing.

He said U.S. President Donald Trump had previously promised it would be 32-kilometre (20 mile) wide.

His comments come as an American military delegation headed by Lieutenant General Stephen Twitty, deputy commander of the U.S. European Command, was expected in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa.

On Aug. 7, Turkish and U.S. military officials agreed to set up a safe zone and develop a peace corridor running from the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians currently living in Turkey to their home country and provide security for Turkish border settlements and military outposts. They also agreed to establish a joint operations center.

The agreement envisages the setting up of measures necessary to address Turkey's security concerns.

Twitty will supervise the establishment of the joint operations center as part of the effort to organize a "safe zone" in northern Syria, the Turkish defense ministry said.

The Pentagon on Wednesday said the agreement would be "implemented in stages."

Turkey previously conducted two offensives into Syria, against Daesh and the YPG, in 2016 and 2018.

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Turkey will not tolerate US stalling on Syria safe zone, FM Çavuşoğlu says

2019/08/645x400-turkey-will-not-tolerate-us-stalling-on-syria-safe-zone-fm-cavusoglu-says-1565866323419-1565871136.jpg
Read: 551     16:10     15 August 2019    

The U.S. will not be able to stall Ankara on the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said on Thursday.


"What we say is that a U.S. stalling tactic will not work. Unfortunately, they employed such stalling on Manbij, they did not keep their promise," Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told a joint news conference with Nabeela F. Tunis, his counterpart from Sierra Leone, in capital Ankara.

The Manbij deal between Turkey and the U.S. focuses on the withdrawal of People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists from the northern Syrian to stabilize the region, which is located north of Aleppo near the Turkish border.

The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group, which has been responsible for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people in Turkey, including many children, women, and infants, for more than 30 years.

Çavuşoğlu underlined that the preliminary agreement between Ankara and Washington for a safe zone was only a beginning and that there remained "many topics" that need detailing.

He said U.S. President Donald Trump had previously promised it would be 32-kilometre (20 mile) wide.

His comments come as an American military delegation headed by Lieutenant General Stephen Twitty, deputy commander of the U.S. European Command, was expected in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa.

On Aug. 7, Turkish and U.S. military officials agreed to set up a safe zone and develop a peace corridor running from the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians currently living in Turkey to their home country and provide security for Turkish border settlements and military outposts. They also agreed to establish a joint operations center.

The agreement envisages the setting up of measures necessary to address Turkey's security concerns.

Twitty will supervise the establishment of the joint operations center as part of the effort to organize a "safe zone" in northern Syria, the Turkish defense ministry said.

The Pentagon on Wednesday said the agreement would be "implemented in stages."

Turkey previously conducted two offensives into Syria, against Daesh and the YPG, in 2016 and 2018.

Daily Sabah



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