Terrorism threat in Syria not over

Speaking on sidelines of UN General Assembly, Mevlut Cavusoglu urges for unity against terrorism

Terrorism threat in Syria not over

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Syria and Iraq are still threatened by Daesh, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, PKK and PYD/YPG terror groups.

Speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Cavusoglu urged the international community to unite, saying "no country can fight these threats on its own".

Cavusoglu underlined a new phase in the fight against terrorism.

"In Syria and Iraq, we are able to deal a major blow to Daesh. We are not talking about the state-like structure with huge financial resources anymore, yet the threat is not over," Cavusoglu said.

"If you don’t find sustainable political solutions in Syria, terrorists will continue to exploit the situation."

He added that Daesh and other terrorist groups were only symptoms of a larger problem and its root causes must be addressed.

Recalling the agreement between Turkey and Russia reached on Sept. 17 in the Russian city of Sochi to create a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib, Cavusoglu said: "There is another opportunity for the political solution in Syria."

Turkey and Russia also signed a memorandum of understanding on that date calling for the "stabilization" of Idlib's de-escalation zone, in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited. 

Under the pact, opposition groups in Idlib will remain in areas where they are already present while Russia and Turkey will carry out joint patrols in the area to ward off renewed fighting.