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U.S., Turkey agree ceasefire in northeast Syria: Pence Updated: 2019-10-18 09:55:12 KST

The U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a ceasefire in northeast Syria to allow for the withdrawal of Kurdish forces.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence revealed the news after more than 4 hours of talks at the Turkish presidential palace in Ankara.

"It will be a pause in military operations for 120 hours while the United States facilitates the withdrawal of YPG from the affected areas in the safe zone."

He further noted that Turkey's Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on the completion of the withdrawal and that Washington and Ankara have "mutually committed to a peaceful resolution and future for the safe zone."
During the five days, the Kurds will move out of the safe zone.
Calling the temporary ceasefire in Turkey "an incredible outcome" that saved lives, President Trump said it's a great day for civilization.
The UN also welcomed the pause of Turkey's offensive, while recognizing that there is still a long way to go for an effective solution to the Syria crisis.
But all U.S. forces in northern Syria are still withdrawing from northern Syria, meaning there will be no monitoring of the 5 day long ceasefire.
Russian troops will take their place, but stateless Kurds still remain in danger.
KIM Da-mi, Arirang News.
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