Syria: Washington demands commitment to "truce" and stresses withdrawal[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/10/19 8:31 • 58 times read[/rtl]
The US administration expressed hope that the Turks and Kurds will abide by the ceasefire agreement announced in Syria, while stressing the continued withdrawal of US forces from northern Syria.
Although the US president described the situation in Syria as extremely fragile, Donald Trump stressed that there is a genuine desire of the Turks and Kurds for a successful ceasefire.
Trump said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a telephone conversation confirmed his intention to implement the ceasefire.
For his part, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, after a meeting with the Secretary of NATO that the Turkish and Kurdish sides to take seriously the commitments they have made.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed hope that the declaration of a ceasefire would help calm the situation on the ground.
The US Defense Secretary Mark Asper, to his Turkish counterpart, keen to abide by the agreement, calling for the need to adhere to the safety of civilians in areas controlled by Turkish forces.
The US military continues to carry out its withdrawal from northeastern Syria in a deliberate manner, he said, denying the involvement of US ground forces in establishing a safe zone in Syria.
comes after Erdogan 's comments Asper declaration of Ankara 's intention to establish a 12 monitoring site north - eastern Syria, stressing that the "safe zone" planned will extend for a distance far greater than those mentioned by US officials in a fragile cease - fire.
Less than 24 hours after he agreed to a five-day truce to allow Kurdish troops to withdraw, Erdogan stressed Ankara's continued efforts to establish a 440-kilometer presence inside the Syrian border.
In the border area, shelling echoed near the Syrian city of Ras al-Ain on Friday morning despite a truce agreement reached on Thursday.
A spokesman for the Kurdish-led forces said Turkey was violating the ceasefire and targeting civilian sites in the city.
But Reuters reporters at the border said the shelling had dropped by midday and a US official said most of the fighting had stopped, although "a complete calm will take time."
The truce, announced by US Vice President Mike Pence, calls for a five-day cessation of hostilities to allow the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to withdraw from the "safe area" controlled by Turkish forces.
Despite the great complexity of the crisis in northern Syria, the parties to the conflict are keen to abide by the ceasefire agreement, which some see as largely satisfactory to most parties.