Turkey is working to reach ceasefire in Syria's Idlib: foreign minister

Over 30,000 Displaced from Idlib Already Syria Faces Worst Catastrophe of Brutal Civil War			AREF TAMMAWI  AFP  Getty Images		11 Sep 2018

Over 30,000 Displaced from Idlib Already Syria Faces Worst Catastrophe of Brutal Civil War AREF TAMMAWI AFP Getty Images 11 Sep 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday in another bid to avert a looming Syrian government assault on the rebel-held province of Idlib bordering Turkey that has sparked worldwide concern.

Turkey has appealed for a cease-fire in Idlib, which straddles its borders and is home to more than 3 million people. Those views echoed statements made by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Berlin in August, who said: "We need to strengthen the humanitarian effort in the Syrian conflict".

"We had come (to Idlib) without anything", he said.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this week, Erdogan warned that an Idlib offensive would "create serious humanitarian and security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond".

"Intense fighting took place in Aleppo, northern Homs, Damascus, Rif Damascus, Dara, and Idlib governorates", the report said, noting that actors on the ground failed to take any action to protect civilians.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura at a meeting in Geneva on September 14, 2018.

Speaking to reporters after a United Nations -backed humanitarian task force meeting Thursday chaired by the USA and Russia, Moumtzis said the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and its partners want to be ready for up to 900,000 people who could flee Idlib.

Turkey has intensified negotiations with Russian Federation to avert a possible attack, repeatedly calling for a ceasefire.

Turkey urged a ceasefire to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, while Russian Federation and Iran stated that a military offensive to retake Idlib, the last opposition stronghold controlled by the Syrian rebels since 2015, was "inevitable".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres this week urged the regime to pull back and for all sides to find a peaceful solution, saying Idlib "must not be transformed into a bloodbath". "Therefore, we should continue our efforts to bring peace and stability to the region", said Çavuşoğlu at a joint news conference in Islamabad with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Idlib's most powerful armed faction is the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group, which Ankara officially designated a "terrorist" group last month.

"We will keep the refugees in Syria for the safety of both Turkey and European countries".

This was announced by Turkish officials.

Britain said it was clear the two men, who appeared on Russia's state-funded RT television station, were agents of Russia's GRU military intelligence who carried out the attack, and called their interview an example of "obfuscation and lies".

The U.S. says it will retaliate harshly to any chemical weapons attack by President Bashar Assad's forces and has suggested such internationally prohibited weapons are being readied for the battlefield.

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