Turkey rejects mediation offer by France

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The SDF delegation has already had a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron said he hoped this could be set up with help from Paris and the global community. Furthermore, Ankara vowed to launch a new military operation in the region if Kurdish militia failed to fulfill Turkey's demands. Erdogan thundered during a speech in Ankara. We believe that any initiative to establish a "dialogue, contacts and mediation" between Turkey and them are far from reality; we reject them.

"It is not possible to say a country which welcomes the YPG at the Elysee is unbiased".

"No airstrike targeting the Brad [ancient] site, Julianus Church and Brad monastery has been carried out by Turkish Armed Forces so far", Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy had said.

United States troops are positioned alongside Kurdish YPG militants in Syria's Manbij.

The capture of Afrin is strengthening Ankara's hand given that Turkey is already a legitimate player in Syria through the Astana peace process, said Huseyin Bagci, a professor of worldwide relations with Ankara-based Middle East Technical University.

"The various names and disguises can not hide the true identity of the terrorist organisation".

The YPG has been Washington's main ally against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in Syria, in a partnership that has infuriated Turkey.


The Turkish president added that Macron had made "strange remarks" in a call about Syria last week.

"He was saying weird things and so, even if it was a bit high-octane, I had to tell him some things", Erdogan said.

Turkey is concerned that a US -backed Kurdish entity along its border may set a precedent for its own Kurdish population of almost 20 million.

YPJ is the women's force within the YPG.

After Macron's meeting Thursday with members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Kurdish figures claimed that the French leader had promised to send troops to Manbij near Syria's border with Turkey. The Syrian government has confirmed that it intends to recapture the whole country, and if Ankara continues to support the opposition and consolidate territory in Syria, Russia will be forced to enforce Syria's sovereignty at the request of Damascus. But a French presidential source said on Friday France could adapt its military operation as part of the US -led coalition in Syria if it deems it useful to achieve its objectives in the fight against Islamic State. We hope they will not dare to seek our help when France is filled with terrorists fleeing from Syria and Iraq after being encouraged by French policies.

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 NATO allies previously clashed over Macron's comments in late January when he said he would have a "real problem" with the Afrin offensive if it turned into an outright "invasion". "First look at your own history", he thundered.

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