Published On: Thu, Oct 17th, 2019

Syria ceasefire agreed: Turkey vows to stop all military ops for five days after US talks | World | News


US Vice President Mike Pence said he had struck a deal with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan which would see a five-day ceasefire across the region. Donald Trump welcomed the breakthrough and said the was “great news out of Turkey” after the US delegation held four hours of crisis talks in Ankara. He tweeted: “Thank you to Erdogan. Millions of lives will be saved!”

Mr Pence’s meeting with Mr Erdogan was part of the increasingly urgen US mission to persuade Turkey to bring its campaign to an end.

A Turkish official said Turkey “got exactly what we wanted out of the meeting”.

Under the deal, all military operations would be paused to allow a pullback of Kurdish YPG militia over a 120-hour period. The Turkish military operation would end once that withdrawal was complete.

Mr Pence said: “Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria

“The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours.

“All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal.”

Mr Pence said US forces in the region had already begun to facilitate a safe disengagement of YPG units.

The deal struck with Mr Erdogan also provides for Turkey not to engage in military operations in the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobani.

Mr Pence said the US and Turkey had committed to a peaceful resolution of Ankara’s demand for a “safe zone” in northern Syria near Turkey’s border, one of the objectives of the Turkish offensive.

He said he had spoken to Trump who had expressed his gratitude for the ceasefire accord.

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