Feb 28 2018

Turkey must respect ceasefire in Afrin - German foreign ministry

The Foreign Ministry of Germany has called on Turkey to respect the 30-day ceasefire in Syria called by the United Nations, the Turkish trade union news site Sendika.org reported.

The UN ceasefire demanded that “all sides” stop fighting in Syria, but Turkish officials responded that this did not apply to their military operation against Kurdish militias in the northwest Syrian region of Afrin, which they said would go on.

The German foreign ministry’s statement on Wednesday conveyed the country’s opinion that the ceasefire applied to all sides, including Turkey.

The statement echoed earlier sentiments along the same lines of French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.