August 31, 2016 / 7:32 AM / in a year

Turkish minister says some Syrian Kurdish fighters remain west of Euphrates

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Some Syrian Kurdish militia fighters remain west of the Euphrates river despite promises to move to the east, which is unacceptable, Turkey’s EU minister Omer Celik told the state-run Anadolu news agency on Wednesday.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) is flanked by Minister of Culture Omer Celik as he arrives for a ceremony in Ankara December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Responding to suggestions Turkey had reached a ceasefire agreement with the Kurdish fighters in Syria, Celik said the Syrian Kurdish PYD was a terrorist organisation and Turkey a sovereign nation, meaning it could not strike such a deal.

Reporting by Asli Kandemir; Writing by Nick Tattersall

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