Will not hesitate to take action if we see YPG terrorists: Turkey foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu

WION Web Team
Geneva, Switzerland Updated: Oct 30, 2019, 10:54 AM(IST)

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters gather as a military vehicle advances near the border town of Tal Abyad, Syria. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Under an agreement reached by President Putin and Erdogan in Sochi last week, a 150-hour deadline was given for Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters to withdraw.

Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country "will not hesitate to take action to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists" if it identifies Kurdish fighters near the border while adding that he "believed in his Russian partners".

"We halted operation, in that area, in northeastern part of Syria. If we see any YPG/PKK terrorists we will not hesitate to take action to eliminate them," Cavusoglu told reporters in Geneva, ahead of a UN-backed meeting tasked with amending Syria's constitution.

"But we cannot trust the terrorists", Cavusoglu added.

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Under an agreement reached by Russian President Putin and his Turkish counterpart Erdogan in Sochi last week, a 150-hour deadline was given for Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters to withdraw from a zone extending 30 kilometres back from the Turkish border. The deadline expired on Tuesday.

Turkey views YPG as a terror group linked to the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) outfit.

Turkey President Erdogan has said earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin had assured him that Syrian Kurdish fighters would not be allowed to stay in Syria along the Turkish border. 
 

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