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Syria FM rejects United Nations monitors for 'de-escalation' deal

Syria FM rejects United Nations monitors for 'de-escalation' deal Syria FM rejects United Nations monitors for 'de-escalation' deal
Irune Rengel | 14 May, 2017, 22:07

The agreement, reached in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Thursday, is regarded as one of the more ambitious diplomatic undertakings by outside powers to halt the war, but it also has raised intense skepticism from insurgents and from some of their supporters, including the United States.

A senior Russian diplomat, Alexander Lavrentiev, said Friday that the agreement would effectively stop USA warplanes from flying in Syria's airspace.

"We do not accept a role for the United Nations or worldwide forces to monitor the agreement", Muallem told a televised news conference on Monday.

The memorandum signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey last week setting up the de-escalation areas said that the forces of those countries would ensure the administration of security zones by consensus, but did not specifically mention military police.

The initiative was proposed by Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, with the support of Turkey, which backs the opposition.

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The United Nations Security Council president says Russian Federation wants a vote early this week on a resolution supporting the deal.

New Russian-backed plans for de-escalation zones in Syria are on hold as the US, France and the United Kingdom seek further detail on how exactly the agreement will be enforced. "We want to have more information", said Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog. He did note in a statement that he hopes the Astana agreement "will be implemented in full - thus bringing about a significant de-escalation in violence, and helping shape an environment conducive to the political intra-Syrian talks in Geneva".

Meanwhile on Monday, the evacuation of fighters and their families from the eastern outskirts of Damascus began, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Russian Federation has also been fighting on the regime side, but the Shiite element is most prominent in the rejection of Iranian involvement. "Will it affect the fight against ISIS? I think the global community is united in the sense of wanting to see ISIS put on its back foot", Mattis said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

It does not specify that the safe zones take effect immediately, but gives the three guarantor states two weeks to form working groups to delineate them and then until June 4 to come up with definitive boundaries. There were limited reports of bombing in northern Homs and Hama, and the southern province of Daraa, areas expected to be part of the "de-escalation zones", activists said.

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Walid al-Moualem told a televised news conference that rebels involved in the process must help clear areas they control of jihadist factions, including the former Nusra Front, and that the deal's guarantors must help them do this.

The sign on top of the map reads Syrian safe zones.

His comments came a day after Kurdish leaders said they planned to occupy Raqqa, the IS stronghold in Syria, and suggested Idlib could also be a future target as the Kurds sought to create a ferderal area in the north.

Speaking further about the deal, which full details are not made public yet, the minister said there will be no worldwide forces under the supervision of the United Nation in the zones, which were set to be in Idlib province in northwestern Syria, countryside of Homs province, eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus, and areas in the southern provinces of Daraa and Qunaitera.

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