Feb 28 2018

EU warns Russia, Iran and Turkey to uphold UN Syria ceasefire

The European Union’s head of foreign policy has called on Russia, Iran and Turkey to uphold a United Nations resolution for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, the U.S. News and World Report website said.

Federica Mogherini called on the three powers to "implement a genuine humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days throughout Syria", the news site said.

During that time, they should "take all necessary steps to ensure that the fighting stops, that the Syrian people are protected, and finally that urgent humanitarian access and necessary medical evacuations are taking place", she was quoted as saying in a letter to all EU foreign ministers and the UN secretary-general.

The Turkish operation in Afrin has continued since the UN resolution was passed on Saturday, and reports have stated that Russia and Syria have continued their operations within the country as well.

Despite the United States urging Turkey to abide by the resolution, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has indicated that it does not believe the resolution to be applicable to the Turkish operation in Afrin.