In a phone call on February 26, French President Emmanuel Macron reminded his Turkish counterpart that the United Nations Security Council call for a ceasefire across Syria also applies to Syria’s Afrin region.

“The President of the Republic stressed that the humanitarian truce applied to all of Syria, including Afrin, and should be implemented everywhere and by all without any delay to stop the ongoing spiral of violence that could lead to a regional explosion and push away any hope of a political solution,” Macron’s office said in a statement.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, Turkey deployed police Special Forces to the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin on February 26 for a “new battle” in its five-week campaign against the Kurdish YPG militia.

Macron told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that France’s monitoring of humanitarian access and chemical weapons was “total and permanent”.