Macron tells Erdogan Syria ceasefire must apply to Afrin

Macron tells Erdogan Syria ceasefire must apply to Afrin

During a telephone call between the two leaders, Macron said the 30-day ceasefire "involved all Syrian territory, including in Afrin, and must be put into effect everywhere and by everyone without delay," the French presidency said.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - French President Emmanuel Macron told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday (February 26) that a proposed UN ceasefire for Syria must be applied across the country, including in Afrin where Turkey is waging an offensive against a Kurdish group.

During a telephone call between the two leaders, Macron said the 30-day ceasefire "involved all Syrian territory, including in Afrin, and must be put into effect everywhere and by everyone without delay," the French presidency said.

He added that Turkey, Russia and Iran, the three countries overseeing talks in Astana aimed at ending the nearly seven-year war, "have a direct responsibility in this regard that must be applied on the ground".

Ankara last month launched an offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin in northern Syria.

On Sunday the Turkish government said the proposed UN ceasefire would not affect its operation, which it claims is aimed at fighting "terrorist organizations that threaten the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria".

On Saturday the UN Security Council approved a resolution calling for the ceasefire "without delay" to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations in Eastern Ghouta.



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