Congress takes historic vote to recognize Armenian Genocide

Turkey says some Kurdish forces remain in Syrian border region hours ahead of withdrawal deadline

Turkey says it 'will not hesitate' to resume fighting in Syria

Criticism of Trump's Syria policy, at least from some Republicans on Capitol Hill, abated slightly following a brief cease-fire agreement Vice President Mike Pence negotiated with Erdoğan, as well as a slate of sanctions by the administration punishing Ankara for the offensive.

There is a bipartisan resolution in the Senate but it is unclear if the chamber will bring the measure to the floor.

Turkey halted its military operation into Syria through two separate cease-fires brokered by the USA and Russian Federation to allow the Kurdish fighters to withdraw 30 kilometers (19 miles) away from the Turkish border but Erdogan renewed threats to resume the operation if promises weren't fulfilled. Casvusogly further called the passing of the resolution a politically motivated step with no meaning and an attempt to rewrite a part of history.

The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved in favour of a resolution recognising the Armenian Genocide, which to this day Turkey denies, and also passed a bill aimed at imposing sanctions on Turkish military and government officials over Ankara's military operation against Syria.

Earlier on Wednesday, Erdogan refuted a Russian claim that the Kurdish YPG militia, which has been allied with US troops, left the border area.

Turkey views the Kurds in northern Syria as a security threat.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russian and Syrian troops have moved into the border zone following the Kurdish withdrawal, which he said had been completed ahead of Tuesday's 3 p.m. GMT deadline.

Turkish-backed forces crossed the border into northeast Syria on October 9 to attack the YPG after President Donald Trump's abrupt withdrawal of USA forces there a few days earlier, drawing worldwide condemnation of Ankara.

The US resolution is the first time in 35 years that such legislation was considered in the full House of Representatives. He urged support for the measure in an emotional House speech that referenced the Kurds.

A war monitor says a vehicle bomb in a vegetable market in a northern region of Syria held by Turkish-led forces has killed at least five people and wounded 10.

Kurdish forces withdraw from from an area near the Turkish border with Syria on October 27, 2019.

"We can not. We can not pick and choose which crimes against humanity are convenient to speak about".

"I believe accountability for human rights violations - especially ethnic cleansing and genocide - is paramount".

Cavusoglu said a Russian military delegation was scheduled to arrive in Turkey to discuss the planned joint patrols.

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