Oct 20, 2019 13:20 UTC
  • Turkey mulls Syrian troops replacing Kurdish militants in 'safe zone'

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey does not want to see a single Kurdish militant left in the planned "safe zone" in northern Syria at the end of a fragile ceasefire in the region.

According to reports, on Sunday Cavusoglu said Ankara expected YPG Kurdish militants to be removed from areas where the Syrian government has recently been deployed.

He also said Turkey and Russia will exchange views on the removal of the YPG militants from the northern Syrian cities of Manbij and Ayn al-Arab, also called Kobani, during talks in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi next week.

On Saturday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would discuss the Syrian government forces' deployment to the “safe zone” during talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi.

He, however, warned that Ankara would “implement its own plans” if a solution were not reached, adding Turkey would “crush the heads” of Kurdish militants in northern Syria if they did not withdraw during the truce period.