Erdogan: Syria ceasefire 'historic opportunity' to end conflict

turkey, Russia support cease-fire as guarantor countries, says Turkish presidential spokesman

Erdogan: Syria ceasefire 'historic opportunity' to end conflict

World Bulletin / News Desk

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Thursday about a cease-fire agreement in Syria set to begin at midnight local time (2200 GMT) on Dec. 30.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said the planned ceasefire for Syria was a "historic opportunity" to end the nearly six year Syrian conflict, saying it was a chance that could not be wasted.

"This chance absolutely should not be lost. This a historic opportunity," he told a news conference in Ankara alongside Kosovo President Hashim Thaci. "This is a window of opportunity that has been opened and should not be squandered," Erdogan added.

 Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the Bashar al-Assad regime and the Syrian opposition had agreed to a nationwide cease-fire, adding that Turkey viewed this as a “significant step”.

Kalin said: "Turkey, with Russia, supports it [the cease-fire] as guarantor countries."

The cease-fire, however, would not apply to terrorist groups listed by UN Security Council, Kalin added.

Erdogan and Putin also discussed an upcoming meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan where representatives of the Syrian regime and opposition will meet under Turkey and Russia’s guidance.

The Astana meeting is part of efforts between Turkey and Russia to launch a political process in Syria.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Aralık 2016, 20:06