Syria ceasefire agreed: Turkey vows to stop all military ops for five days after US talks | World | News
US Vice President Mike Pence said he had struck a deal with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan which would see a five-day ceasefire across the region. Donald Trump welcomed the breakthrough and said the was “great news out of Turkey” after the US delegation held four hours of crisis talks in Ankara. He tweeted: “Thank you to Erdogan. Millions of lives will be saved!”
Mr Trump later hailed the move “a great day for civilisation”.
He said: “Everybody agreed to things that three days ago they would have never agreed to.
“That includes the Kurds. The Kurds are now much more inclined to do what has to be done. Turkey is much more inclined to do what has to be done.”
Mr Pence’s meeting with Mr Erdogan was part of the increasingly urgen US mission to persuade Turkey to bring its campaign to an end.
A Turkish official said Turkey “got exactly what we wanted out of the meeting”.
Under the deal, all military operations would be paused to allow a pullback of Kurdish YPG militia over a 120-hour period. The Turkish military operation would end once that withdrawal was complete.
The commander of Kurdish-led forces in Syria, Mazloum Abdi, told Kurdish TV: “We will do whatever we can for the success of the ceasefire agreement.”
But one Kurdish official, Razan Hiddo, declared that Kurdish people would refuse to live under Turkish occupation.
Mr Pence said: “Today the United States and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria
“The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours.
“All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal.”
The Turkish assault has created a new humanitarian crisis in Syria with 200,000 civilians taking flight, a security alert over thousands of ISIS fighters abandoned in Kurdish jails, and a political maelstrom at home for Mr Trump.
The US President has been accused of abandoning the Kurdish fighters who were Washington’s main partners in the battle to dismantle ISIS’s self-declared caliphate in Syria by withdrawing troops from the border as Ankara launched its offensive on October 9.
Mr Trump has defended his move as “strategically brilliant”.
He said he thought Mr Pence and Mr Erdogan would have a successful meeting but warned of sanctions and tariffs that “will be devastating to Turkey’s economy” if the fighting continued.