Russia and the USA at the expert level for the first time reached an agreement about the truce in Syria. The agreement does not apply to the group “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra”. Representatives of the Syrian opposition is ready to lay down their arms, but only after a complete cessation of operations of the Russian HQs. Experts believe that such requirements are simply not feasible.
On Saturday during talks in Geneva, Russian and U.S. experts, the parties reached agreement on the terms agreement ending the violence in Syria. The document is harmonized at a high level. “Russia and the United States agreed”, – told RIA “news” a source in the delegation of the Syrian opposition, which informed about the content of the negotiations.
“The question arises: why in this document there is nothing about the Turkey and the bombing of the Kurds, there is no word about the US and its coalition, also says nothing about Saudi Arabia”
“We’re talking about cease fire”
According to the source, the document “will enter into force one week after its adoption.” According to a source, referring to the draft agreement, “ISIS (terrorist group “Islamic state” that were banned in Russia) and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” have been deleted from the document”. This means that the members of these groups can continue the military operation.
Another diplomatic source in conversation with TASS emphasized that the document is interim in nature and will require further harmonization. “The document we are talking about the ceasefire, but no specific dates. In terms of understanding yet. This will be the subject of further negotiation,” he explained.
The source expressed bewilderment in the face of press reports that allegedly the consultations produced a final document and it is already aware of the Syrian opposition. “It’s not, I don’t know where they (the media) got that from,” – said the source.
Since the question of the ceasefire is finally agreed upon, he explained, planned for Saturday at the Geneva meeting of the task force on the cessation of hostilities in Syria postponed. It will take place after you have agreed upon all issues. The dates of the meetings of the task force to date is not defined. The fact that the meeting of the task force pending, confirmed a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
It is anticipated that upon final approval of the document it will be submitted to the International support group Syria, “then each person works with the parties (to the conflict)”.
What extremist groups are recognized as terrorist in certain States (infographic)we will Remind, about creation of the task force on the cessation of hostilities in Syria, it was announced last week in Munich. The participants of the meeting, first of all we are talking about the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, the U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry and UN special representative for Syria Staffan de Mistura, has decided to achieve a ceasefire in Syria during the week. Also the outcome of the meeting was agreement on the need during the week to resolve the issue of delivery of humanitarian supplies throughout the country and to determine the modalities of the cessation of hostilities. Even then, Kerry said that this applies to all parties in the Syrian conflict, with the exception of Islamic state terrorists and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra.”
The opposition sets preconditions
With regard to the outcome of Saturday’s talks, according to Reuters, Syrian opposition groups agreed on a two – or three-week truce, but when we stop the air strikes of the Russian space forces. In particular, should cease attacks on the group “dzhebhat EN-Nusra”. While in Geneva the group was “excluded from” and the ending blows on it, it clearly was not. According to the source Agency, the truce can be supported by all parties to the conflict, except IG. The names of specific groups, who voiced such demands are not listed.
The TV channel Al-Arabiya adds that the terms of the truce could be extended. In addition, the Syrian opposition said that an important precondition for the ceasefire will be the end of that siege, settlements and the organization of access of the population throughout the country to humanitarian assistance. The opposition also urged Damascus to restore the freedom of prisoners, particularly women.
Another source close to the negotiations said that the position of the group “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” in the framework of the truce will be discussed by the representatives of the USA and Russia.