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Turkey announces temporary suspension of offensive in Syria

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Kurdish forces must complete their withdrawal from Syrian soil within 150 hours from noon on October 23 this year, according to statements by the Government of Turkey.

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, announced on Wednesday October 23 that the armed operation in Syria has been temporarily suspended but that the offensive has not yet been terminated.

“We have suspended the operation at the moment, but this does not mean that the offensive is over,” said the Turkish minister.

He also explained that this ceasefire determination comes after the talks held by the Government of Turkey with the administration of the United States (USA), in which Washington ceased fire.

“We have received the guarantee that the US has given us, so we have stopped the operation in this way at this time, but that does not mean we get out of here, we maintain our presence,” he said.

However, Minister Cavusoglu said that the fight against terrorist groups operating in Syrian territory has not ceased, which will remain after his capture, despite the announcement of peace.

“National security is vital for our nation, and we are clearing our borders of terrorists,” he said.

This ceasefire agreement has been organized between Russia, Syria and Turkey in a strategy that provides for the presence of the Russian military police and the Syrian border guard to protect the Turkish-Syrian border area.

With this announcement, it is also expected that the Democratic Forces of Syria (SDS) will withdraw permanently from the north of the Persian nation, as they have been doing in the past few days.

The Turkish Armed Forces began bombing and attacks on the northern part of Syria on October 9, after the United States. announce the withdrawal of its armed troops from this Syrian region.

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Russia and Turkey advocate cessation of harassment in Libya

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The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called on the parties in Libya to declare a ceasefire since Sunday, January 12.

“I would like to emphasize a call – which Presidents Putin and Erdogan have addressed to all Libyan parties – to cease hostilities and declare a ceasefire starting Sunday, January 22,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the meeting held by the leaders in Istanbul.

For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mavlut Cavusoglu ratified this position in favor of the cessation of hostilities in Libya, where the Government of National Agreement (GNA), based in Tripoli, and the House of Representatives (HoR), with headquarters in Tobruk, with support from the Libyan National Army (LNA) of General Khalifa Haftar.

The fighting in Libya continues after the military aggression of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2011 and the assassination of leader Muammar Ghadafi.

Turkey recently intervened in favor of the GNA and sent ground troops to the nation of North Africa, while Russia has maintained communications with Haftar and rejects foreign intervention in the conflict.

Meanwhile, the GAN attacked on Wednesday positions occupied by its opposition in Sirte and caused 10 deaths.

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Melis studied Economics and Political Science at Istanbul Gelişim University before graduating and entering the workforce as an intern at the Turkish Policy Quarterly, where she has remained since. She joined Celaloz Turk as a part-time contributor and brings a great deal of knowledge and richness to our reporting. Melis is a Chess Fide Master (FM) and has a talent for puzzles and problem solving.

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Women march against femicide in Turkey

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Before the increase in violence against women in Turkey, dozens of women protested this Saturday denouncing the seriousness of the situation and calling on the Government to take action to curb femicide.

“We will be on the streets to protect women’s rights until no more women are killed,” said one of the participants in the mobilization, Bircan Sahin.

“Stop the murders of women!”, “Stop the macho violence!” and “Don’t look at the violence, do something” were some of the slogans chanted by the protesters, who carried posters with names and numbers, representing the victims.

At the event, held in the Asian part of the city, they told shocking stories of women victims of femicides recently throughout the country. Among the cases he highlighted that of Emine Bulut, whose death at the hands of his ex-husband, last August, caused great commotion in Turkey.

“The murder of Emine Bulut caused frustration and resentment in society. Her last words continue to ring in the ears of all women: I do not want to die,” said one of the organizers, Gamze Ozturk, referring to the label (“#olmekistemiyorum”) that became a trend on Twitter.

In the first eight months of 2019, 294 women were killed in Turkey and, in August alone, at least 40 lost their lives. Last year, they were victims of 440 homicides, according to the women’s rights advocacy group We Will Stop Femicide, which recounts the gender-motivated killings.

The alarming figure was commemorated by the artist Vahit Tuna, who set up an installation on the facade of a building in Istanbul, where he exhibited 440 pairs of shoes with heels, demonstrating against the acts of domestic and sexual violence left by hundreds of female victims in Turkey.

The work of art covers an area of ​​260 square meters, takes up the Turkish tradition of placing the shoes of someone who died outside an entrance.

Although Turkey ratified the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe of 2011 to prevent sexist violence, activists say there is still much to be done to enforce the laws.

Melis Gulen

Melis studied Economics and Political Science at Istanbul Gelişim University before graduating and entering the workforce as an intern at the Turkish Policy Quarterly, where she has remained since. She joined Celaloz Turk as a part-time contributor and brings a great deal of knowledge and richness to our reporting. Melis is a Chess Fide Master (FM) and has a talent for puzzles and problem solving.

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Turkey reiterates in clarifying the crime of journalist Khashoggi

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The Director of Communications of the Presidency of Turkey, Fahrettin Altun, declared through his Twitter account that his country is still in its efforts to clarify the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, who was a Saudi journalist and a contributor to The Washington Post, entered his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 and never left again.

“By combining all our means,” said Fahrettin Altun, “we prevent this organized and premeditated murder from covering up. But the attitude of the authorized Saudis that overshadows the transparency of the prosecution process and the lack of sufficient efforts for the fulfillment of justice hurt everyone’s conscience. ”

Turkey will monitor the case of Jamal Khashoggi said the Director of Communications of the Presidency and added: “We reiterate our call to international society to adopt a common position in the face of this murder committed.”

The special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, pointed in June directly to Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman responsible for the crime.

Meanwhile, MBS – acronym with which the future Saudi king is named – repeats how much interviewer he crosses these days, a phrase that has already become the plot line about his performance: “It is my responsibility because I was in charge, but I did not know anything”.

“The Khashoggi case is not closed, it is suspended in exchange for a bulky economic bill while the White House and its current tenant continue to consider that there is an economic benefit to extract while keeping the case in suspense,” said Haizam Amirah-Fernández of the Elcano Royal Institute.

Melis Gulen

Melis studied Economics and Political Science at Istanbul Gelişim University before graduating and entering the workforce as an intern at the Turkish Policy Quarterly, where she has remained since. She joined Celaloz Turk as a part-time contributor and brings a great deal of knowledge and richness to our reporting. Melis is a Chess Fide Master (FM) and has a talent for puzzles and problem solving.

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