Syria’s internal opposition endorse Astana 6

The Syrian internal opposition groups fully endorse the results of Astana’s sixth round on establishing a de-escalation zone in Idleb province and expressed their categorical rejection of the existence of any Turkish force in the Syrian territories.

The two-day sixth round of talks on Syria in Astana waskicked off on September 14with the participation of the Syrian Arab Republic delegation headed by Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari.

Dr. Elian Mousa’ad, the Secretary General of National Congress for Secular Syria, expressed his total support for the results of the Astana talks on Syria and specially the establishing a de-escalation zone in Idleb province.

“We accept any political step to stop the bloodshed in Syria,” Dr. Elian Mousa’ad said to the Syria Times.

“But at the same time we should be aware that the Astana Meeting’s outcomes don’t legitimize any Turkish forces on the Syrian territories. The Astana outcomes don’t legitimize Turkey to deploy forces and soldiers in Idleb province or any other part of the Syrian territories. The de-escalation zones are under the Syrian state authority and are temporary. Russia, Iran and Turkey are going to deploy ‘ monitors’ not ‘ armed forces’ in Idleb province.” Dr. Elian added.

“The Syrian Arab Army will retake each part of Syria sooner or later,” of ” Dr. Elian said.

On September 16, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry issued a statement saying, “The de-escalation zone agreements reached in Astana-6 meeting do not legitimize the existence of any Turkish force on the Syrian territories. The Syrian Arab Republic government considers such existence illegal”.

Secretary General of National Development Party, Enas al-Hammal expressed his full support for the joining of Idleb to the de-escalation zones is important step towards the comprehensive ceasefire over the Syrian lands.

“The new Astana statement affirmed the unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. The Syrian government and opposition agree on these demands and it is very important step to keep and protect the Syrian entity,” Al-Hammal said to Syria Times.

“We reject the presence of any foreign invasion forces over our Syrian lands. Turkey has Ottoman Empire’s ambitions in Syria. Turkey has no right to deploy its occupation forces in Syria but only monitors with others from Iran and Russia,” al-Hammal said.


Obaida Al-Mohammad