Syria's Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority


The deal, clinched in the Russian Black Sea town of Sochi, reinforced an existing USA -brokered ceasefire that had halted Turkey's offensive, dubbed Operation Peace Spring, in northeast Syria targeting the YPG, which Ankara views as a terrorist organisation linked to Kurdish insurgents in southeast Turkey.

U.S. lawmakers have been fuming about Turkey, however, in recent months, because of its purchase of a Russian missile defense system in defiance of United States sanctions and, more recently, its incursion into northern Syria to fight Kurdish forces after Trump abruptly announced he was withdrawing USA troops from the area.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country's parliament will answer the action, but gave no other details.

The report underscores the risk that violence in northeast Syria could rekindle after Ankara and Moscow struck a deal a week ago in which Russian Federation agreed to shift the YPG at least 30 km (18.64 miles) south of the border by late on Tuesday.

Under the Sochi deal, Turkish and Russian joint patrols were meant to begin after the deadline expired on Tuesday. Turkey considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization inextricably linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long insurgency in Turkey.

Displaced Kurds stuck at a border after a Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria, wait to try cross to the Iraqi side, at the Semalka crossing, next Derik city, Syria, Oct. 21, 2019.

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He also lifted sanctions on Turkey that were put in place after its troops entered northern Syria.

As part of the deal, Turkish forces deployed around Idlib in a bid to ensure the withdrawal of jihadist fighters and allied rebels from a de-escalation zone there. Support for a resolution grew, particularly among Democrats, after Trump enabled the Turkish offensive against the Kurdish groups.

"We reject... unilateral judgments on events more than a century ago, that don't even mention Turkey's losses", he said.

Regarding the presence of the US forces in Syria, Assad said that when the Syrians are united against the occupation, the USA forces will withdraw by themselves "because they will have no chance to remain in Syria".

The statement also said France's Parliament and government showed once again that they side with the PYD/YPG which are the Syrian offshoots of the PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

US troops have begun deployment in the province in coordination with the SDF to increase security and continue the fight against remnants of Islamic State, a USA military spokesman said on Thursday.