BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 P.M.) – Kurdish YPG militants in Syria’s Manbij will be disarmed as part of a deal drawn up by the US and Turkey to clear the group from the area, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Antalya on Tuesday.
“How will they operate here, how will the tasks be distributed simultaneously: how will they manage? Who will be in charge? Of course we have a criteria, which is the population, demography, each city’s demography will be our criteria. Not after the YPG, the population and demography before the war starts, before the YPG comes to the area will be our criteria. All those will be discussed ahead to avoid any possible conflicts in the field,” Cavusoglu began.
“For sure weapons will be taken from the YPG,” he added.
The roadmap for Manbij was announced on Monday following a meeting between Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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