- Title: Turkey to extend state of emergency for another three months - spokesman
- Date: 3rd October 2016
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY (OCTOBER 3, 2016) (REUTERS) TURKISH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN NUMAN KURTULMUS WALKING TO PODIUM JOURNALISTS LISTENING AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, NUMAN KURTULMUS, SAYING: "The decision on continuing the state of emergency (is) beginning on October 19 at 1:00 am. As you know, this decision came as an advisory jurisdiction from the National Security Council after the meeting here last Wednesday. Our cabinet, in its 20th meeting, followed this advice and took the decision of extending the state of emergency once again for three months, (which is) 90 days." JOURNALISTS LISTENING AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, NUMAN KURTULMUS, SAYING: "An important part of retreat (happened) but we know PYD/YPG elements are still present. We are asking once again for the United States to keep their promise and have the PYD/YPG retreat to the east of the Euphrates." JOURNALISTS LISTENING AT NEWS CONFERENCE KURTULMUS LEAVING
- Embargoed: 18th October 2016 17:00
- Keywords: Turkey security emergency rule Syria YPG
- Location: ANKARA, TURKEY
- City: ANKARA, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00152GCC3R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Turkish government said on Monday (October 3) it would extend state of emergency in the country for another three months following July's failed coup.
Speaking at a news conference following the cabinet meeting, deputy prime minister and government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus said the extension would come into effect on October 19, when the first state of emergency expires.
Kurtulmus also said the United States must hold its promise to ensure the Kurdish YPG militia withdraws its fighters to the east of the Euphrates river.
Turkey has sent troops into northern Syria to drive out Islamic State from the border area, but also to ensure Kurdish militia fighters were not encroaching on its territory. It has said it wanted the Kurdish militia, which is supported by Washington, to withdraw to the east of the Euphrates.
Kurtulmus also repeated Ankara's refusal to take part in any operations against Islamic State in Raqqa, the Islamist group's heartland in Syria, or Mosul, the largest city they hold in northern Iraq.
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