Erdogan rejects calls for ceasefire in Syria

epa07908109 A handout picture provided by Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) speaks with Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (L) as they watch the operation an operation by Turkish forces in Kurdish areas in Northern Syria, in Ankara, Turkey, 09 October 2019. Turkey has launched an offensive targeting Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, days after the US withdrew troops from the area. EPA-EFE/MURAT CETINMUHURDAR/TURKISH PRESIDENCY / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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US Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Ankara on Wednesday in a bid to negotiate a cease-fire deal in northeastern Syria, despite Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejecting any truce in the region.

“They say ‘declare a ceasefire.’ We will never declare a ceasefire,” Erdogan told reporters while returning from a trip to Azerbaijan late on Tuesday. “They are pressuring us to stop the operation. They are announcing sanctions. Our goal is clear. We are not worried about any sanctions.”

The Turkish leader also ruled out talks with Kurdish forces in Syria, saying on Wednesday: “There are some leaders who are trying to mediate… There has never been any such thing in the history of the Turkish republic as the state sitting at the same table with a terror organisation.”

The UN Security Council will likely meet on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in Syria, diplomats said, the second such session since Turkey began its offensive.

Via DW

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