Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has firmly ruled out any negotiations with Kurdish militants in Syria, saying their only option was to lay down arms and retreat.

Addressing the parliament today, Erdogan dismissed calls from foreign powers, including the United States, who have demanded a ceasefire in turkey’s week-old operation in Northern Syria.

He said there has never been any such thing in the history of the Turkish republic as the state sitting at the same table with a terror organization.

The Turkish leader said our proposal is that right now, tonight, all the terrorists lay down their arms, their equipment and everything, destroy all their traps and get out of the safe zone that we have designated.

He said this is the quickest way of solving the problem in Syria.

Erdogan said that once the safe zone is established, stretching from Manbij to the Iraqi border, then the operation would have “ended on its own.