Russia, Turkey agree ceasefire deal for Syria’s Idlib
The demilitarized zone will be created by October 15
Representatives of Russia and Turkey announced an agreement on the boundaries of the demilitarized zone in the Syrian province of Idlib.
The announcement, made on Friday, is the result of three days of talks aimed at creating a 15-20 kilometer zone to prevent government forces from attacking the last opposition-controlled enclave in Syria..
There are already more than 3 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, and Ankara fears another wave if Idlib is attacked by Bashar al-Assad’s troops.
Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that Turkish and Russian military and intelligence services are working together to clear the buffer zone of terrorist groups. He added that the purpose of this operation is to protect the residents of Idlib and ensure their participation in the political process aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria..
The UN has been expressing concern over the situation in Idlib for several weeks, warning of the danger of a humanitarian catastrophe if the Syrian authorities try to take control of the province.
The UN International Commission of Inquiry into Syria has welcomed the September 17 agreement between Russia and Turkey and issued a statement that, inter alia, stated: creating immediate and unhindered access for humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Idlib “.
It is planned that the demilitarized zone will be created by October 15. It will separate the Syrian government forces and the armed opposition groups.
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