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35 hours: Turkey presented the ultimatum to the Kurds

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara stands for a political solution to the Syrian crisis. In addition, the minister criticized the United States for supporting the “People’s Self-Defense Forces,” which the Turkish authorities consider terrorists. The Kurds have 35 hours left to leave the “security zone”.

35 hours: Turkey presented the ultimatum to the Kurds

The Syrian crisis should be resolved by political rather than military means, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. He made this statement in Istanbul, reports TASS.

“The crisis cannot be resolved by military means. We need to pacify the country and achieve a ceasefire, ”the Turkish Foreign Minister stressed.
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He also criticized the US for supporting Kurdish militias from the People’s Self-Defense Forces, whom Ankara considers a terrorist organization. According to Cavusoglu, Washington did not fulfil its obligations by arming the Kurds.
He added that Kurdish militants have 35 hours to leave the territory of the alleged security zone. Otherwise, the military operation "Source of Peace" will be continued "in full force."
According to Cavusoglu, the Kurds have already begun to leave the region.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the military operation in Syria will begin again if the US does not adhere to the fulfilment of its obligations. As the Turkish leader specified, such a development of events will happen if, after the designated 120 hours, the agreement with the United States on the withdrawal of Kurdish forces is not implemented.
On October 17, US Vice President Michael Pence said that following talks with the Turkish president, the countries came to a unified decision on a ceasefire in Syrian territories. He said that Turkey will complete the military operation in Syria after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces.
Pence noted that the US military is already working with Kurdish units, helping them to withdraw. Following the talks, the countries agreed to cease hostilities by Turkey to allow Kurdish forces to enter a safe zone within 120 hours.
A day later, the Turkish president said that there should be no clashes between the Turks and the Syrians. Erdogan also noted that Turkey has reached an agreement with the United States, but if Syria starts to attack, then Turkey will respond.
“And they know that. But I think that this will not happen, ”Erdogan concluded.
At the same time, Turkey resumed attacks in northeastern Syria on the same day, despite an agreement with the United States on a temporary cessation of Operation Source of Peace. This was reported by TASS with reference to local media.
The city of Ras al-Ain was attacked, shooting was heard there and smoke from shelling was visible over several blocks. Information about the shootout was confirmed by Reuters.
Soon, the Turkish command blamed the Kurds for fighting. "Members of the terrorist groups of the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Syrian Kurds' self-defence forces have made 14 attacks over the past 36 hours," Ankara said.
Assistant to the President of Russia Yuri Ushakov, in turn, said that Ankara should take certain actions commensurate with the situation in Syria. He also believes that Turkey should not interfere with "the main thing - the development of a political settlement in Syria."
The military operation "Source of Peace" began in northeast Syria on October 9. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that she would not be stopped until the threat from the Workers Party of Kurdistan (Ankara considers it to be terrorist) and the Islamic State (IG, the organization is banned in Russia) were completely eliminated in Syria. He also expressed the view that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not able to cope with terrorism on his territory, so the Turks were “forced” to intervene.
It is worth noting that Turkey considers the Kurdish formations to be terrorist, but at the same time, militia members of the PKK and self-defence units fought against the Islamic State, fighting for their national state.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in turn, recalled that Ankara has every right to conduct operations on the basis of the Adan Agreement, signed by Ankara and Damascus in 1998.
This agreement allows the Turkish side to take the necessary measures to combat terrorists if the Syrian authorities themselves cannot do this, the minister drew attention. In addition, he added, before the operation in northeast Syria, Ankara notified other countries and international organizations about this.

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