EU official urges Erdogan to withdraw from Syria

AP , Tuesday 22 Oct 2019

European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a debate on the results of October EU summit at the European Parliament on October 22, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France. (AFP)

European Council President Donald Tusk is condemning Turkey's invasion of northern Syria and is calling on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pull his troops out of the region.

Tusk told EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday that "no one is fooled by the so-called cease-fire'' agreement made last week by the U.S. and Turkey. Turkey expects the Syrian Kurdish fighters to pull back from a border area.

Tusk says that Turkey, which is a candidate for EU membership, "needs to end its military action permanently, withdraw its forces and respect international humanitarian law.''

He says that "any other course means unacceptable suffering, a victory for Daesh, and a serious threat to European security.''

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