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Turkey Calls for Full Implementation of 'Sochi'

Turkey Calls for Full Implementation of 'Sochi'

Tuesday, 3 September, 2019 - 11:30
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP Photo/Adem Altan)

Turkey called on Russia and Iran to ensure the full implementation of Astana deal and urged the Syrian regime to immediately stop its attacks against Idlib to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

"The Assad regime must immediately stop its attacks in Idlib carried out on the pretext of terrorist elements," said Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

The Idlib deal should be implemented immediately without delay, he added, warning of another humanitarian crisis if no political solution was reached.

Kalin reported that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan informed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during their meeting last week that Ankara is looking forward to literally implementing Sochi Agreement signed on September 17, 2018.

He said that Idlib was designated as a de-escalation zone and it was under the guarantee of Turkey and Russia.

The spokesman added that the tripartite summit on Syria will be held between the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran, in Ankara on September 16, pointing out that Erdogan and Putin discussed at length the events in Idlib during their meeting last week.

The summit is expected to discuss the Syrian issue in general and the developments in Idlib in particular.

“The solution [in Syria] is that the political process is actualized immediately without delay,” Kalin noted, stressing the need to establish the constitutional committee, transition government, and prepare for elections as part of the Astana and Geneva processes.

Meanwhile, Erdogan said that the operations carried out by his country's forces in northern Syria contributed to the failure of what he called the “terrorist belt” that was meant to be established in those areas.

Speaking at a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Konya, Erdogan said the developments in Syria and the Middle East was a crucial issue for his country, and that Ankara could not simply stand by and watch these developments.

Erdogan asserted he was “determined to clear the terrorist lairs east of Euphrates River.”

Earlier, he also threatened that Turkey will have to carry out its own plan if the US starts delaying the safe zone agreement related to northern Syria.

“If our soldiers do not start to control the area actively, we will have no choice but to activate our own operational plans,” stated Erdogan.

Turkey and the US agreed last month on a Joint Operations Center at the Turkish army frontier in the Akcakale district of Sanliurfa.

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