Sc-19, 5 April 2017, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, In Response To A Question Regarding The Chemical Attack Perpetrated By The Regime In Idlib/khan Sheikhun And The Responsibilities Of The Trilateral Ceasefire Monitoring Mechanism

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 05.04.2017

Turkey did its utmost to help establish a ceasefire on December 30, 2016 with a view to ending nationwide hostilities, identifying ceasefire violations and preventing their recurrence.


A bilateral ceasefire monitoring mechanism was established with Russia to identify ceasefire violations and to prevent further cases by those responsible for violations. The information compiled by this mechanism has been shared with the UN and International Syria Support Group countries.


In line with the steps taken to strengthen the ceasefire in Astana meetings, most recently Iran made a declaration at the Astana meeting of March 14-15 announcing that Iran has become another guarantor of the ceasefire agreement.


With respect to the ceasefire mechanism and efforts to strengthen it, we have assumed the responsibility of encouraging the opposition groups on the ground which commit to the ceasefire agreement to comply with it while Russia and Iran have assumed the responsibility of ensuring that the Syrian regime and its supporters fulfill their obligations emerging from the ceasefire agreement.


Following the chemical attack perpetrated by the Syrian regime’s aircraft in Idlib/Khan Sheikhun, we immediately contacted the Embassies of Russia and Iran in Ankara and brought to the attention of our interlocutors that this heinous attack constitutes a grave violation of the ceasefire regulation while reminding the responsibilities of the two guarantor states on warning the perpetrator of the said attack, which creates a highly risky situation regarding the efficiency and continuation of the ceasefire, and on preventing the recurrence of similar violations.

Umut Acar Consul General
Monday - Friday

09:00 - 12:30 / 13:30 - 15:30

1/1/2019 New Year's Day
1/21/2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
2/18/2019 President's Day
5/27/2019 Memorial Day
6/4/2019 Religious Holiday
7/4/2019 Independence Day
9/2/2019 Labor Day
10/14/2019 Columbus Day
10/29/2019 Turkish Independence Day
11/11/2019 Veterans Day
11/28/2019 Thanksgiving Day
12/25/2019 Christmas Day
1/1/2020 New Year's Day