Turkish foreign minister accuses Macron of wanting to divide Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Thursday blamed French President Emmanuel Macron for desiring to divide Syria after France censured Turkish offensive into northeast Syria targetting Kurdish militia, Reuters reported.

"France essentially does not hide its intention. It is a country that previously supported the referendum for the separation of Iraq," Çavuşoğlu said during a televised interview on CNN Türk, citing the 2017 independence referendum by the Kurdistan Region Government in Iraq.

France on Thursday, together with Britain, Germany, Belgium and Poland, called for a UN Security Council meeting over Turkish incursion. And, the French Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkey’s ambassador to a meeting on Thursday on the Turkish offensive in Syria.

Turkey launched a military operation into northeast Syria on Wednesday stating it would set up a 30-kilometres deep safe zone stretching along its border to clear the region of Kurdish fighters and resettle some two million Syrian refugees. 

Çavuşoğlu said Turkey was planning to clear a 120-kilometre long area along its border in Syria between southeastern Turkish towns of Akçakale and Ceylanpınar. But, the operation should be extended to an 822-kilometres area stretching all along its border.

"First we have to go for 120 kilometres and then clear all area," Çavuşoğlu said.