March 6, 2019 / 7:53 PM / 14 days ago

Erdogan says Turkey must have control of planned North Syria safe zone

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a rally for the upcoming local elections in Istanbul, Turkey, February 16, 2019. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey cannot accept control of a planned safe zone in northern Syria being given to anyone else, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

In interview with broadcaster Kanal 24, Erdogan also said that if the United States could not take back the weapons it had given to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, it should give them to Turkey.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; editing by John Stonestreet

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