Everyone was so happy to hear about the ceasefire in the Kurds’ homeland, that they may have forgotten one important point. Trump spoke to the press, going on about how happy everyone was. Trump appeared to exclude the Kurds, whom he seemed to forget.
Donald Trump claimed that he bent the Turkish dictator to his will and they granted a cease-fire. The only trouble was that Trump and his merry trio of negotiators in Turkey forgot to include the Kurds in their negotiations. Never mind that the Kurds would be squeezed out of their homeland, which would be divided between Turkey and Syria.
Fox News foreign correspondent Trey Yingst said that the Syrian Democratic Forces are “rejecting the ceasefire” because of it:
‘[A]chieves Turkey’s original goal of moving Kurds from the border and having them give up heavy weapons.’
‘Not surprising that the SDF is rejecting the ceasefire. This agreement achieves Turkey’s original goal of moving Kurds from the border and having them give up heavy weapons. The “ceasefire” solidifies the Kurds completely giving up the place they call home.’
Piotr Zalewski journalist for The Economist tweeted:
‘Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu just now: “We will suspend the Peace Spring operation for 120 hours for the PKK/YPG to withdraw. This is not a ceasefire.”‘
Vice President Mike Pence went to Turkey to meet with President Erdogan along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the acting National Security Adviser General Paul Nakesone.
CNN’s Matt Hoye tweeted that the Turkish foreign minister’s remarks came at nearly the same time as Donald Trump was talking about how happy everyone was with the deal. He captured what the negotiators told the press:
‘As @realDonaldTrump stands on the tarmac in Fort Worth touting “a deal” for a “ceasefire,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tells the media tonight: “This is not a ceasefire.” & “We will pause the operation for 120 hours in order for the terrorists to leave.” #CNN’
Pence announced that the Turks agreed to a ceasefire for only five days. He did not go into detail about what would happen next, though.
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