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Turkey: Pence announces 120-hour ceasefire in northern Syria02:48

Turkey: Pence announces 120-hour ceasefire in northern Syria

Turkey, Ankara
October 17, 2019 at 21:27 GMT -00:00 · Published

US Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United States and Turkey agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria, while speaking to the press alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ankara on Thursday. The VP travelled to Turkey for talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to halt Turkey's 'Operation Peace Spring' which began a week earlier.

"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," Pence said. "Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal."

He added no new sanctions would be added during the ceasefire, and sanctions imposed by the United States on Turkey since the beginning of the operation would be withdrawn once the military operation is fully halted.

Turkey's military offensive, dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring,' began on October 9, days after the White House announced a withdrawal of US troops from the area. Ankara says the aim of the offensive is to create a 'safe zone' cleared of Kurdish groups.

Turkey: Pence announces 120-hour ceasefire in northern Syria02:48
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US Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United States and Turkey agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria, while speaking to the press alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ankara on Thursday. The VP travelled to Turkey for talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to halt Turkey's 'Operation Peace Spring' which began a week earlier.

"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," Pence said. "Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal."

He added no new sanctions would be added during the ceasefire, and sanctions imposed by the United States on Turkey since the beginning of the operation would be withdrawn once the military operation is fully halted.

Turkey's military offensive, dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring,' began on October 9, days after the White House announced a withdrawal of US troops from the area. Ankara says the aim of the offensive is to create a 'safe zone' cleared of Kurdish groups.

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