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U.S., Turkey agree on five days-long ceasefire in Syria to let Kurds withdraw, - Pence

Source : 112 Ukraine

Turkish forces will suspend the Peace Spring operation for 120 hours, the U.S. Vice President reported
21:47, 17 October 2019

The U.S. Vice President Mike Pence
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Washington and Ankara made a deal, agreeing to a ceasefire in Syria. This is supposed to give Kurdish fighters time to withdraw their troops. Mike Pence, the U.S. Vice President reported that after the talks with the Turkish side. Reuters quoted him as saying. 

“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,” he said.

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As is known, the Turkish military deployed forces in northern Syria, starting an operation against Syrian Kurds. Turkish Defense Ministry claimed that the operation aims to set the safety zone, which is a necessary step to bringing peace and security in the region.

Turkey wants to settle up to two million Syrian refugees in this area; currently, these people remain in Turkey. This area also features camps with ISIS supporters, guarded by the Kurds.

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