Turkey Not Committed to De-Escalation Zone Deal: Syrian Adviser
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior adviser to the Syrian prime minister said Turkey has not met its commitments under an agreement to implement a lasting ceasefire in Syria’s de-escalation zone of Idlib.
Speaking to Tasnim, Abdul-Qader Azouz, who is also a professor of politics, said the clashes between the Syrian army and the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group in southern Idlib are, undoubtedly, within the framework of international agreements.
However, he added, Turkey, which was supposed to be a guarantor of the ceasefire in Idlib, has not fulfilled its commitments under the agreement it reached with Iran and Russia on the issue.
He went on to say that Turkey has taken no measure to counter the terrorist group in the region.
Russia, Iran, and Turkey, which together act as guarantor states in peace talks for Syria, recently agreed on the details of a “de-escalation zone” in the Arab country’s western Idlib province during talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana.
Idlib has been a haven for tens of thousands of rebels and civilians who were forced to abandon their homes in other parts of western Syria that the government and its foreign military allies have recaptured from terrorists.
Syria is in the final stages of a battle against Takfiri terrorist groups, which poured into the Arab country after the outbreak of the civil war in 2011.
On November 19, the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group was flushed out of its last stronghold in Syria’s Al-Bukamal. The city’s liberation marked an end to the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate it had declared in 2014.