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UN spokesman calls Turkey's military operation in Syria "incursion"

Turkey, which started its ground military operation in Syria, did not coordinate its actions with the United Nations, the UN chief's spokesman Stephane Dujarric told journalists.

He described Ankara's actions as an incursion.

"I would refer you to what I said yesterday [August 24] on the [Turkish] incursion, but there was no coordination with the United Nations, we are not involved in the coordination of military activities by one party or another," Dujarric said.

On Wednesday Dujarric said the United Nations is monitoring the situation in Syria after the start of the Turkish military operation and is calling upon all sides to stick to international norms and protect civilians.

Ankara on Wednesday morning declared the Turkish army had begun an operation in the territory of neighboring Syria. Turkish armor and ground troops, including commando units in cooperation with the allied armed groups of the Syrian opposition crossed the border into Syria. Ankara has declared that the purpose of its military operation is struggle against the Islamic State (terrorist group outlawed in Russia) and the Kurdish militias.

[Source: Itar Tass, United Nations, 25Aug16]

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