Buffer Zone in Syria's Idlib Province Averts War for Now — UN Official

Lester Mason
September 24, 2018

Prior to Monday's announcement, the Syrian government, backed by Russian air power, seemed to have geared up to stage an assault on Idlib province, the last bastion held by Syrian opposition forces, as well as home to thousands of hardline militants. Egeland says he feels relieved the countdown to war was stopped at the "11th hour."Egeland says the threatened military onslaught by Syrian and Russian forces to retake Idlib, the last rebel-held enclave in Syria, would have risked the lives of the civilians, including one million children".

The borders were agreed taking into account the area's geographical structure and residential areas, it said, adding that the meetings were held between September 19-21 at Turkey's defense ministry.

"Taking the geographical structure and characteristics of settled areas into consideration, the borders of the disarmament zone in Idlib have been set", the ministry said in a statement.

While life in Idlib goes on, but local residents fear that the agreement between Moscow and Ankara - this is only a respite.

By mid-October, all members of the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group, outlawed in Russian Federation, should leave this demilitarized zone and all heavy weapons need to be pulled out from it, Lavrov noted.

TRT World's Sara Firth has more on the mood in Idlib.

Anadolu also quoted Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, as saying that he will be meeting with his Russian and Iranian counterparts soon in NY to discuss Syria.

It is now time to "fully maintain ceasefire and focus on political process", according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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