Turkish envoy to UN Sinirlioğlu calls for complete ceasefire in Idlib

British intelligence planning fake chemical attack in Syria- US Senator

British intelligence planning fake chemical attack in Syria- US Senator

In recent days, U.S. officials have said that they have evidence that Syrian government forces are preparing chemical weapons ahead of a planned assault on Idlib.

Guterres said he understands that "the present situation in Idlib is not sustainable and the presence of terrorist groups can not be tolerated".

But the United Nations chief said it is especially important that Iran, Russia and Syria - the guarantor states in the so-called "Astana process" aimed at ending the violence in Syria - "find a way in which it is possible to isolate terrorist groups and ... create a situation in which civilians will not be the price paid to solve the problem in Idlib".

She told the Council: "If Assad, Russia and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire".

Although Erdogan has been a staunch supporter to the regime's opposition forces in an effort to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he has also been involved in talks with Iran and Russian Federation to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria which is entering its eighth year.

Both Turkey and the United Nations have warned of a massacre and humanitarian catastrophe involving tens of thousands of civilians in the event of a full-scale offensive.

A possible attack on Syria's last opposition and rebel-held province of Idlib would sabotage the ongoing political process and cause a serious crisis of confidence, Turkey's presidential spokesman said on Tuesday. "And if the concern is the presence of the terrorist groups, let's work together to eliminate them", Cavusoglu said during a joint news conference with his Romanian and Polish counterparts in Bucharest, capital of Romania. "The consequences of inaction are huge", Erdogan said.

Russian and Syrian forces ratcheted up fears of an offensive on Sunday when they unleashed a wave of airstrikes, the heaviest in a month, on Idlib's southern border, the Times added.

Russian and Syrian warplanes resumed their bombing campaign last week and the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Friday failed to agree on a ceasefire that would forestall the offensive.

On Tuesday US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Assad has been well warned against any chemical weapons use in an anticipated assault on Idlib province.

The regime has twice been targeted by USA air and missile strikes after previous alleged chemical attacks.

The Turkish president also criticized Assad's attempt of trying to legitimize an attack as counter-terrorism efforts. The world will hold them responsible.

"They pledged complete Turkish military support for a long, protracted battle", a senior FSA commander who was privy to talks in recent days with senior Turkish officials said, requesting anonymity as he was not authorized to speak publicly. "We're talking about a terrorist operation".

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