Turkey, Russia ink deal for nationwide cease-fire in Syria, Daesh, Nusra, YPG terrorists excluded
Under the cease-fire deal, the Assad regime and opposition will cease their activities against each other across Syria. The deal, which was brokered by Ankara and the Kremlin, will exclude terrorist groups recognized by the United Nations Security Council. Daesh and the Nusra Front will still be targeted by the parties.
As part of the deal, all parties will ensure that they do not expand toward each other’s areas.
The PKK’s Syrian offshoot, the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), will also be targeted by the Turkish military. The YPG will not be part of the cease-fire deal and Çavuşoğlu said both on Thursday and Wednesday that the cease-fire plan will not affect Turkey’s anti-PYD fight in Syria.
The foreign minister stressed that the PKK’s Syrian offshoot, the PYD’s armed wing, the YPG will continue to be targeted in Syria by the Turkish military. However, Çavuşoğlu said that there is no consensus in the United Nations Security Council regarding the YPG’s status.
He said that the U.S. does not want to recognize the YPG as a terrorist group as it has been trying to benefit from it in its alleged anti-Daesh fight.
“It is a fact that the U.S. will not be in favor of including the YPG in the list of terrorist groups while trying to use it against Daesh,” he said.