Turkey denies ceasefire deal with Syria’s PYD
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 31
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The ceasefire between Turkey and the Democratic Union Party (PYD, the Kurdish political party) in Syria is out of question, Omer Celik, Turkish minister for EU affairs, said in an interview with Anadolu agency Aug. 31.
Celik added that Turkey's position regarding PYD is clear, it is a terrorist organization and it will be fully destroyed.
Some media outlets reported Aug. 31 that Turkey and PYD in Syria signed a temporary ceasefire agreement.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US President Barack Obama will discuss the details of the temporary ceasefire during the G-20 summit to be held in China on September 3, media reported earlier.
On Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish Air Force with the support of the coalition aircraft launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the IS militants in northern Syria, near Aleppo city.
The operation was carried out under the name “Shield of the Euphrates.”
Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives. Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIL, ISIS or Daesh), the YPG and the PYD are the most active terrorist groups in Syria.