Feb 26 2018

Macron tells Erdoğan Syria ceasefire includes Afrin

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday told his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, that the United Nations’ weekend call for a ceasefire across Syria includes the Afrin region, currently under Turkish attack.

Macron also told Erdoğan, in a phone call, that it was imperative the ceasefire be fully respected, adding that France's monitoring of humanitarian access and chemical weapons is "total and permanent", said Macron's office in a statement. The United Nations has also stressed the ceasefire resolution covers all regions of Syria, including Afrin.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Sunday the ceasefire would not have "any effect on the operation that Turkey is pursuing" in Afrin, adding that Ankara would continue to fight what he called terrorists.

The Turkish invasion of Afrin, a region in northeastern Syria that borders Turkey began on Jan. 20th and aims to wrest control of the district from the Kurdish dominated People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terrorist group.