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Pence Says Turkey Has Agreed To 120-Hour Cease-Fire In Syria

Vice President Mike Pence says Turkey will pause operations for for 120 hours so that YPG forces can evacuate.
Posted at 4:02 PM, Oct 17, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. and Turkey have agreed to a cease-fire in northern Syria.

"The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours. All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal," said Pence.

Pence met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey on Thursday to broker the deal. 

Afterward, President Donald Trump thanked Erdoğan, saying, "Millions of lives will be saved!"

As for the sanctions imposed on Turkey: Pence says the U.S. does not plan to impose more sanctions and will get rid of the new sanctions once a permanent cease-fire is in place.

But Turkey's foreign minister says the agreement is "not a cease-fire," adding the country "will pause the operation for 120 hours in order for the terrorists to leave. ... We will only stop the operation if our conditions are met." One of the conditions is establishing a "safe zone" east of the Euphrates river.

Turkey launched an offensive against Kurdish forces over a week ago after President Donald Trump withdrew troops from Syria.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.