Over 1.7 mln Displaced Syrians May Return Home in Near Future

MOSCOW- More than 1.7 mln Syrian refugees may return to their homes in the near future, Head of the Russian National Defense Management Center Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev said on Friday, according to Itar Tass.

"According to preliminary estimates, more than 1.7 mln refugees may return to their places of residence in the near future," he said at the founding open-door meeting of the Joint Coordination Center set up by the Defense and Foreign Ministries to manage the return of Syrian refugees.

 "As many as 76 areas least affected by hostilities may accommodate 336,500 people, first and foremost, those returning from Lebanon and Jordan," Mizintsev pointed out.

"Most refugees are residing in Syria’s neighboring countries - Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq," Mizintsev noted.

Russia has submitted to the United States a list of steps on how organize the refugees’ return in Syria in line with the Helsinki agreements of the Russian and US presidents, according to Mizintsev.

The US considers the Russia-drafted proposals for Syria’s infrastructure rebuilding, he added.

Mizintsev went on saying that "at present, the Syrian government forces supported by the Russian Aerospace Force’s group are retaking the country’s territory from the remaining terrorist groups."

"The Syrian government’s efforts, supported by Russia, help peaceful life to come back to liberated areas and the infrastructure to be rebuilt," he said adding "units of the Russian military police assist local authorities in ensuring security, and law and order."

In the areas, which had been earlier controlled by rebel groups, prices of food and medicines have plunged and residents have access to medical services.

"In these conditions, the return of refugees and internally displaces persons to places of their residence and temporary accommodation is becoming a top priority to set peaceful life back on track and to rebuild the country as soon as possible," the general concluded.