Turkish minister says some Syrian Kurdish fighters remain west of Euphrates

August 31, 2016 3:31 AM EDT

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Some Syrian Kurdish militia fighters remain west of the Euphrates river despite promises to move to the east, which is unacceptable, Turkey's EU minister Omer Celik told the state-run Anadolu news agency on Wednesday.

Responding to suggestions Turkey had reached a ceasefire agreement with the Kurdish fighters in Syria, Celik said the Syrian Kurdish PYD was a terrorist organisation and Turkey a sovereign nation, meaning it could not strike such a deal.

(Reporting by Asli Kandemir; Writing by Nick Tattersall)

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