TURKEY SAYS U.N. RESOLUTION ON CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA NOT TO AFFECT ITS AFRIN OPERATION
The UN Security Council’s ceasefire decision in Syria, would not have impact on Turkey’s ongoing military operation in Afrin, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Bekir Bozdag, said.
“When we look at the UN Security Council resolution, we see that fight against terror organisations is outside its scope. Therefore, it will not affect Turkey’s ongoing operation,” Bozdag was quoted as saying.
Earlier on Sunday, Turkey Foreign Ministry welcomed the resolution, in a written statement, noting that, Turkey would continue its military operation in Syria’s Afrin.
“We welcome the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council, in response to the worsening humanitarian situation all across Syria, particularly in Eastern Ghouta,” read the statement.
Turkey will, at the same time, “remain resolute in fighting against terrorist organisations, that threaten the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria,” it added.
The UN Security Council, on Saturday, adopted a resolution calling for a 30 day ceasefire in Syria, to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries.
On Jan 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch, to clear the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia, from Syria’s Afrin. Ankara sees YPG as the Syrian affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a terrorist organisation, listed by Turkey.
Source: NAM News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/turkey-says-u-n-resolution-on-ceasefire-in-syria-not-to-affect-its-afrin-operation/Government