MOSCOW Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed in a memorandum signed on May perhaps four to set up four different de-escalation zones in Syria for at least 6 months, according to a textual content detailing the arrangement published by the Russian foreign ministry on Saturday.
The biggest de-escalation zone includes Idlib province and adjoining districts of Hama, Aleppo and Latakia provinces. The other three zones are in northern Homs province, the Japanese Ghouta region east of the capital Damascus and together the Jordanian border in southern Syria.
The guarantors will finalize maps of the de-escalation zones by June four, and the arrangement can be prolonged automatically if the three guarantor states agree.
The arrangement envisages the halt of hostilities involving Syrian authorities forces and armed opposition teams within the zones and the creation of problems for humanitarian entry, health-related aid, the return of displaced civilians to their properties and the restoration of broken infrastructure.
The guarantor states committed to choose all the necessary actions to go on fighting Islamic Point out, Nusra and other teams the two within and past the de-escalation zones.
Political and armed opposition teams in Syria have rejected the proposal, indicating Russia has been unwilling or unable to get President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian-backed militia allies to regard earlier ceasefires.
(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Lisa Barrington Enhancing by Keith Weir)