Erdogan rejects the truce in northern Syria[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/10/16 14:36 • 64 times read[/rtl]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan categorically rejected a US-brokered ceasefire in Syria, escalating tensions further ahead of US Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Turkey on Wednesday.
Just a week after the Turkish offensive began against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, the military operation has re-mixed the cards in this region, which has been at the center of the ongoing conflict in Syria since 2011.
Syrian regime forces, in agreement with Kurdish fighters, returned to areas that had been out of Damascus's control for years, while Moscow began to fill the vacuum left by the withdrawal of US troops.
After President Donald Trump initially gave a green light to the Turkish offensive by ordering the withdrawal of US troops from border points in northern Syria, he came back under heavy criticism and called on Ankara to halt its offensive with sanctions.
In this context, Trump decided to send Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Turkey, where they will meet Erdogan on Thursday in order to persuade him to negotiate a truce with Kurdish fighters.
The White House announced Tuesday that the vice president "will reaffirm Trump's commitment to maintain economic sanctions on Turkey until a solution is found," but the Turkish president, who has not paid attention to the many international criticisms he faced since the attack began, has already rejected this proposal.
"They are asking us to declare a ceasefire, we can never declare a ceasefire as long as Turkey has not expelled the terrorist organization from its borders," Erdogan said in remarks to the Turkish press on Tuesday.
Turkey calls the YPG in northern Syria "terrorist" as an extension of the PKK, which has been waging a bloody insurgency for decades on Turkish soil.
In the meantime, the fighting continues fiercely. According to a correspondent for "Agence France Presse", in the Turkish city of Gilan Pinar on the border heard the sound of many explosions in the city of Ras al-Ain, where the focus of fighting as Kurdish fighters try to repel the attack of Turkish troops. is over