How the EU and Turkey could be allies in Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that a ceasefire in the besieged rebel-held northern Syrian city of Aleppo could help end the six-year-old war.

“We have already agreed on the conditions and the timeline for the truce and for an agreement in the future,” Cavuskin said at a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The ceasefire will allow us to implement the deal we have already reached and also give us an opportunity to implement our plan for peace in Syria.”

Cavusky said Turkey would take part in the U.N.-backed talks, which have been dominated by Turkey’s U.S.-backed Syrian National Coalition (SNC).

Cavuskoglu also said Turkey had offered Turkey’s military assistance to the Syrian government.

“Our military will contribute to the operation and help the Syrian forces and their allies.

I have already said to President Erdogan that we will be a part of this,” Cavussoglu said.

“I have also said that we are willing to provide some weapons to the army and the Free Syrian Army.

The Syrian army has been in great need of weapons.

We are ready to provide it.”

A military source said Cavusanoglu and Erdogan had discussed the possibility of Turkish military support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, the umbrella rebel group fighting Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL).

A senior Turkish official said Ankara had offered to help the SNC “in some areas where they are struggling against IS”.

Turkey’s army is fighting on the ground in the northwestern province of Idlib and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Alliance (FSA) in the northern city of Deir al-Zor, which borders Iraq.

The SNC is a US-allied umbrella group, backed by Russia and Iran.

A U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 2,000 people were killed in the fighting between the Sanciras and the FSA in the first six months of the conflict, and that more than 250,000 Syrians have been killed since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.

Cavuskoi’s comments come as U.NSO, a Geneva-based monitoring group, said the U-N.-sponsored truce in Syria had not yet been implemented and there was a lack of guarantees about the implementation of the truce.

“There is no concrete agreement about the cessation of hostilities, the delivery of humanitarian aid, the reopening of schools and the provision of humanitarian protection, and there is no sign that any of these elements will be brought to fruition,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.

The U.UN is also trying to persuade Russia and China to lift a U.n. arms embargo on Syria.

But Russia and the United States have said the embargo should not be lifted because they fear it could worsen the war.