16 November 2019,   03:23
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Erdogan calls on Kurdish militants to give up the battle and retreat


Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the only option for Kurdish militants in Syria was to give up the battle and retreat.
“Our proposal is that right now, tonight, all the terrorists lay down their arms, their equipment and everything, destroy all their traps and get out of the safe zone that we have designated”, - said Turkish President.
He added that this would be “the quickest way of solving the problem in Syria.”
Erdogan made the comments in Parliament amid pressure for him to call a ceasefire and halt Turkey’s incursion into Syria, now in its eighth day.
Ankara’s assault against Kurdish forces has prompted a chorus of international condemnation. Erdogan says the offensive aims to remove the Kurdish-led forces from the border area and create a “safe zone” to which millions of Syrian refugees can be returned.
In the conflict zone, fighting between the Kurds and the Turks continues.
On October 9, the Turkish offensive named ‘Peace Spring’ commenced in Northeastern Syria.

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