ANKARA, Oct. 17 (FENA/AA) – When terrorists withdraw Turkey’s planned safe zone in northern Syria, the nation’s anti-terror operation in neighbor country will end automatically, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.
“Our proposal is that all terrorists should lay down their arms, destroy their traps, and leave the safe zone we determined by tonight,” Erdogan told his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s parliamentary group.
“When our proposal is carried out in the region, our Operation Peace Spring which only targets terrorists will end by itself,” the president said.
Erdogan said since the operation was launched on Oct. 9, Turkey has cleared 1,220 square kilometers of terrorists.
Rejecting offers to “mediate” in the conflict, he said: “The Republic of Turkey never in its history sat down at a table with terrorist groups. We are not looking for a mediator for that.”
“Turkey has never committed any civilian massacre in its history and it never will. Our religion and culture would never allow to do it,” he said.
In fact it is the history of those who accuse us of committing massacres that are full of such massacres, Erdogan said.
“If you’re looking for civilian massacres, look at Afghanistan, Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Upper Karabakh, and Bosnia,” where Muslims were slaughtered late in the last century and in this one, Erdogan said.
He added: “If you want to see civilian massacres, look at Cyprus before Turkey’s intervention, look at Palestine just under your nose, where the Muslims are deliberately killed in the streets.”