Russia, Turkey, Iran Mapping Syria Safe Zones

Russia, Turkey, Iran Mapping Syria Safe Zones

Guarantors of Syria ceasefire, namely Russia, Turkey and Iran, are working on implementing an agreement to set up de-escalation zones in Syria, including drawing up a map and establishing checkpoints, Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said on Tuesday.

"Currently, countries-guarantors and all parties concerned are working on implementing the memorandum on setting up the so-called de-escalation zones. The recent working meetings between Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Beijing with the senior leadership of Russia and the Turkish Republic showed that the two sides are actively working on various aspects of fulfilling this memorandum," Abdrakhmanov said on the sidelines of a government meeting, TASS reported.

"This effort mostly involves military experts. This concerns designating the de-escalation zones geographically, on the map, and also establishing observation points and checkpoints along these zones."

A particular task for the sides will be to agree on who will control the zones and police the checkpoints.

On May 4, the trio agreed to set up four de-escalation zones in Syria. Under a memorandum signed at the talks in Kazakhstan's Astana, these four zones include the Idlib Province and some parts of neighboring provinces, an area north of Homs, Damascus's suburban Eastern Ghouta and a number of provinces in southern Syria.

In those areas, combat operations, including flights by military aircraft, are outlawed starting from May 6. The deal was concluded for six months and can be extended automatically.


Short URL : https://goo.gl/ru8egh
  1. https://goo.gl/Gz64MF
  • https://goo.gl/jgbz6V
  • https://goo.gl/63rhN9
  • https://goo.gl/AX2Ypp
  • https://goo.gl/p7y6Rq

You can also read ...

Top Iran, Pakistan Generals Discuss Kidnap Case
The chairman of the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces...
Participants in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) reaffirmed...
US Sanctions Listing Could Harm Humanitarian Trade With Iran
US sanctions intended to squeeze an Iranian voluntary force...
Embattled Saudis Cannot Rally World Against Iran
The mounting criticism of Saudi Arabia's human rights record...
Extension of FATF Deadline Welcome
A senior official on Friday welcomed the decision by an...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints