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Turkey seeks backing for Idlib truce at UN


AFP
UNITED NATIONS
TURKEY on Tuesday appealed for international backing for a ceasefire in Idlib, telling the UN Security Council that an all-out assault on Syria's rebel-held province will trigger a massive wave of refugees and could threaten Europe.
Russia called for the council meeting to brief members on a summit it held with Iran and Turkey on military plans to re-take Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.
"There is no doubt that an all-out military operation would result in a major humanitarian catastrophe," Turkish Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioglu told the council meeting.
Air strikes and bombings will trigger a"massive wave of refugees and tremendous security risks for Turkey, the rest of Europe and beyond," he warned.
Turkey, which has sent troops to Idlib and supports some of the armed groups, called for"an immediate ceasefire" and urged"the international community to vocally and actively support our efforts to this end."
Russia and Iran rejected Turkey's call for a ceasefire at the summit in Tehran on Friday.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Syrian forces, backed by Russia and Iran, had already launched 100 air strikes on Idlib this month and that their sole aim was"a bloody military conquest of Idlib."

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