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Turkey rejects France offer for mediation with Kurdish militia

Turkey's Borsa Istanbul up 1 percent at open Turkey rejects France offer for mediation with Kurdish militia
| 02 April, 2018, 01:05

Macron's office said he "paid tribute to the sacrifices and the determining role of the SDF in the fight against Daesh" and assured the SDF that France would support "stabilization of the security zone in the north-east of Syria, within the framework of an inclusive and balanced governance".

The official argued that the operation is jeopardizing the broader US -led military campaign against the Islamic State group.

His comments on Friday came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a delegation of Kurdish fighters in Paris and offered to mediate between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - an umbrella group of fighters dominated by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) - and the Turkish government.

Manbij, in northern Syria, has recently become another major point of disagreement between the USA and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, Turkey, over the presence of the Kurdish militant group People's Protection Units, also known as the YPG. France and the United States are among the Western nations that supported the YPG against ISIS.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch to clear YPG/PKK-ISIL terrorists from Afrin.

The National Security Council met under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in capital Ankara.


Residents of Syria's Idlib called on Turkey to rescue their region from terror as they took to the streets in Saraqib demanding that the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) enter their city to restore peace after Turkey's successful Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in Syria's north, Yeni Safak reports.

"Turkey's position on PKK/PYD/YPG, which seeks to legitimise itself as SDF, is perfectly clear", Kalin said, warning Paris against taking any steps which could be construed as legitimising terror groups.

Najim Muhammad, the deputy commander of the Manbij Military Council, said the USA -led coalition has assured them it will protect the town.

In Turkey, Erdogan didn't directly address the threat of French military action but insisted that "we don't need a mediator" and warned Macron "don't get into things that are out of your depth".

Macron said he hoped this could be set up with help from Paris and the global community. "We hope France does not take such an irrational step".

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