POST TIME: 27 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Syria ceasefire must apply, says Macron

Syria ceasefire must apply, says Macron

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday that a proposed UN ceasefire for Syria must be applied across the country, including in Afrin where Turkey is waging an offensive against a Kurdish militia, reports AFP.

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”, the French presidency said.

He added that Turkey, Russia and Iran, the three countries overseeing talks in Astana aimed at ending the nearly seven-year civil war, “have a direct responsibility in this regard that must be applied on the ground”.

Ankara last month launched an offensive against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia in Afrin in northern Syria.

On Sunday the Turkish government said the proposed UN ceasefire would not affect its operation, which it claims is aimed at fighting “terrorist organisations that threaten the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria”.