ASTANA Syria’s armed opposition on Thursday rejected a Russian prepare to generate safe and sound zones in Syria, contacting it a risk to the country’s territorial integrity, and explained it would also not recognise Iran as a guarantor of any ceasefire prepare.
Turkey, which supports Syrian rebels, and Iran, which backs Syrian President Bashar Assad, agreed earlier in the day to Russia’s proposal for “de-escalation zones” in Syria, a transfer welcomed by the United Nations.
“We want Syria to keep its integrity,” opposition delegate Osama Abu Zaid explained immediately after Russia, Turkey and Iran – the sponsors of talks in the Kazakh money Astana aimed at ending Syria’s battling – signed a memorandum on developing safe and sound zones.
“We are towards the division of Syria. As for the agreements, we are not a get together to that agreement and of program we will never ever be in favour (of it) as extended as Iran is identified as a guarantor condition,” Abu Zaid explained.
He also cited what he identified as “a big gap” amongst the claims of Russia, which intervened militarily in 2015 on Assad’s facet and gave him back the higher hand in the conflict.
“We have an agreement previously (in) our palms, why is not it executed? There is an agreement…signed five months in the past, why has not it been executed?” he explained, referring to a truce offer declared by Russia in December that was mostly disregarded on the ground. “Why are we leaping now to safe and sound zones?”
“Russia was not equipped to or does not want to carry out the pledges it will make, and this is a basic trouble.”
Quite a few opposition delegates walked out in protest, briefly interrupting the signing of the safe and sound zones memorandum.
Russia, Turkey and Iran did not instantly publish the memorandum, leaving its specifics unclear. But the safe and sound zones seem supposed to be conflict-no cost in buy to assist widen a ceasefire, and would perhaps be policed by international troops.
Senior Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev explained to reporters on Thursday that below the prepare Russia could deliver observers to safe and sound zones. 3rd-get together displays could also be invited furnished Iran and Turkey agreed, he explained.
(Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov and Raushan Nurshayeva producing by Dmitry Solovyov enhancing by Vladimir Soldatkin and Mark Heinrich)