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Monday, 26 February 2018

UN ceasefire applies to all Syria, ‘including Afrin,’ Macron tells Erdogan

UN ceasefire applies to all Syria, ‘including Afrin,’ Macron tells Erdogan
French President Emmanuel Macron told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that the latest UN ceasefire vote applied to all Syrian territory, including the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin, where Turkey is waging an offensive.


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," said a statement released by the French presidency.

Macron’s call followed the UN Security Council’s adoption of a resolution Saturday calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria "without delay", to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations.

On Sunday the Turkish government said the UN ceasefire would not affect its operation in the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, which Ankara claims is aimed at fighting "terrorist organisations that threaten the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria".
 [france24.com]
 26/2/18

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