Turkish FM Calls for Aleppo Ceasefire
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoğlu called again on Friday for the implementation of a ceasefire in Aleppo while demonstrators in Istanbul protested against the Syrian regime bombing of that city.
Çavusoğlu made his comments during a visit to Lebanon, telling a press conference that a ceasefire needs to brought about in Aleppo “as soon as possible, immediately.”
The foreign minister also reiterated Turkey’s position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cannot remain in power.
“We believe that Assad cannot actually enhance the national unity in the country,” Çavusoğlu insisted, according to AP.
“We have to be realistic,” he continued, “The person who kills almost 600,000 shouldn’t rule any country.”
Also on Friday, about 1,000 people in Istanbul protested against the ongoing Russian-Syrian bombing of opposition-held eastern Aleppo chanting slogans such as, “Stop the massacre in Aleppo!” while holding banners which declared that “the bombing is not against Aleppo but our humanity.”
Since last weekend a renewed Russian-backed Syrian assault on the opposition-held east has displaced an estimated 50,000 of the 250,000 people believed to live there.