BINTANGNEWS.com –Russia, Iran, and Turkey, which together act as guarantor
states in peace talks for Syria, have agreed on the details
of a “de-escalation zone” in the Arab country’s western Idlib province
during resolution talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana.
In a joint statement
after two days of talks in Kazakhstan, the three countries said on Friday that
they had agreed "to allocate" their forces
to patrol the zone covering Idlib province and parts of the neighboring
Latakia, Hama and Aleppo regions.
these three countries will be deployed at check and observation points in safe
zones that form the borders of the de-escalation zone,"
the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
mission of these observers has been defined as the prevention of clashes
between the government and the opposition forces and any violations of the
truce," it added.
The statement went on to say that "under no circumstances the creation of the
above-mentioned de-escalation areas undermine the sovereignty, independence,
unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic."
Alexander Lavrentyev said Russia, Iran and Turkey
will each send about 500 observers to Idlib, and the Russians will be military
however, that the details of how to enforce a "de-escalation" zone in
Idlib province have yet to be agreed.
At a press conference
following the announcement, Bashar al-Jaafari, who
headed the Syrian government delegation at the talks, stressed
Damascus' support for any initiatives that would stop shedding the Syrian
blood and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.
He also said the
Syrian army’s latest victories in its fight against
Daesh reaffirm the government’s determination to fully liberate the Syrian
territory from terrorism.
Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari, speaking
in Astana to Lebanon’s al-Manar TV station, described the newly-agreed zones in
Syria as a "secure cordon" with checkpoints.
Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said a seventh round of
talks in Astana was planned for the end of October.
province of Idlib borders Turkey and is largely under the control of al-Nusra
Front Takfiri militants.
agreement on the creation of the four zones, which
came about in May, has been one of the substantive results of the talks, many
rounds of which have taken place since January.
So far, agreements
had been reached on the demarcation of three of the zones in Idlib’s
neighboring provinces of Latakia, Aleppo, and Hama.
Syria has been
gripped by foreign-backed militancy since 2011.
In Idlib, militants
from the al-Nusra Front group are fighting the Syrian government.
suffered their biggest blow since the onset of the militancy last year, when Syria recaptured Aleppo’s provincial capital.
The mediating states
then joined efforts late last year to bring about a ceasefire over the city,
which was then extended to the entire Syria.***
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