President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed parliamentary group meeting of AK Party.
Amid unrelenting Assad regime attacks on Syrian regions such as Eastern Ghouta, Turkey’s president on Tuesday called the UN cease-fire resolution for Syria effectively meaningless.
“The recent incidents in Eastern Ghouta are hard to swallow, they do not befit humanity,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party lawmakers in parliament on Tuesday.
“God curse your resolution!” he said of the UN cease-fire. “The resolution that never went into effect has no meaning for humanity.”
Erdoğan accused the UN Security Council, which passed the 30-day cease-fire resolution on Feb. 24, of manipulating humanity.
Previously Erdoğan has criticized the Security Council’s structure of five permanent members, arguing: “The world is greater than five.”
OPERATION OLIVE BRANCH
President Erdoğan said that Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch is successfully continuing in Syria’s northwestern Afrin region.
He said 700 square kilometers (200 square miles) area in Afrin has been cleared of the terrorists and taken under control by Turkish military.
The president noted that a total of 2,872 terrorists have been “neutralized” since the start of the operation.
“Our 41 soldiers and 159 brothers from Free Syrian Army have been martyred,” said Erdogan, and added: “The terror corridor which is tried to be formed along our borders […] has just one target, that is Turkey.”