Turkey rejects US, French calls for Afrin ceasefire in Syria

Turkey rejects US, French calls for Afrin ceasefire in Syria

Turkey on January 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Afrin.

Speaking to reporters following his release, Muslim said he was holding meetings in Europe to explain what was happening in Afrin.

The arrest came as Turkey presses an over month-long operation inside Syria aimed at dislodging the People's Protection Units (YPG) - the military wing of the PYD - from the Afrin region of the country's north.

But the Turkish foreign ministry Wednesday said Paris of giving a false readout of the conversation, saying Macron did not refer to Afrin in the discussion on the ceasefire.

Muslim was arrested in the Czech capital on Saturday at Turkey's request, according to Turkish officials.

Turkey-backed forces recently announced they had seized all positions along the Turkey-Syria border in Afrin.

In a February 22 interview with Al-Monitor, Muslim acknowledged that he had met Ocalan in Damascus before he was forced out of Syria in 1998 and makes no secret of his admiration for him. The U.S. has continued to call the group its partner despite Turkey arguing that the fight against the terrorist group can not be carried out with another one, referring to the PKK's Syrian affiliate.

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For a while, Turkey was similarly pragmatic in its approach. The wounded soldiers were taken to the hospitals of the Turkish city of Hatay.

In strongly worded statements to two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, Turkey's foreign ministry spokesman said a US State Department appeal that Turkey "go back and read" the ceasefire resolution was unfounded, and he also denied that Paris had told Ankara that the truce also applied to its Afrin campaign.

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The charges against him include damaging national unity and integrity, deliberate murder, damaging public property and transferring unsafe materials, according to Anadolu.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described the release as "scandalous", and insisted Turkey would pursue Mr Muslim "even if he goes to another country".

The YPG is the Syrian branch of the PKK, which for over three decades has waged a bloody campaign against the Turkish state and is banned by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union as a terror group.

"Nobody was taking it (charges by Turkey) seriously, I didn't know they would take it seriously here", Muslim said.

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