Syrian opposition supports two week ceasefire

Syrian opposition supports two week ceasefire

The Syrian opposition has confirmed its readiness to maintain a ceasefire for two weeks.

"The Supreme Committee for Negotiations (SCN) believes that a preliminary ceasefire for a period of two weeks will allow the other party to confirm the seriousness of their obligations," the opposition says.

Previously, the Syrian Foreign Ministry expressed the decision to join the cease-fire regime agreed by Russia and the United States, APA reports.

At the same time, the republic's authorities name "the continuation of the decisive struggle" with Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusrah and other terrorist groups as a necessary condition.

Russia and the United States agreed on a ceasefire regime in Syria on February 22. According to the agreement, Russian Armed Forces, the US-led Coalition, the Armed Forces of the Syrian government and other forces supporting them will stop military operations against each other. The cessation of hostilities does not apply to Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council.

The President of the National Strategy Institute, Mikhail Remizov, in an interview with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza expressed the opinion that now "everything depends on the position of regional powers, especially Turkey." "Turkey is dissatisfied with this scenario, in which the ceasefire applies to Kurds. It would like to continue its military actions against the Syrian Kurds, associating them with the Kurdistan Workers' Party. I think that Turkey won't limit itself near its borders," he said.

"And another question is whether Damascus will be able to intensify efforts against Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra, freeing up its resources in the direction of the struggle against the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other US-backed opposition groups. "It is difficult to distinguish the members of one group from another on the battlefield," the expert noted.

The advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council, deputy head of the Council of the Russian Diplomats Association, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Andrey Baklanov, described the current stage of the conflict in Syria as a "sticky situation related to the fact that new mechanisms of implementation of the Russian-US agreement are only being established." "The readiness of the parties, who have declared their intention to join the ceasefire regime, is also being clarified. We welcome any movement towards peace, but we do it carefully, we don't declare any final success," he warned.

Andrey Baklanov drew attention to the presence of two components in the completion of the Syrian crisis. "The first one is the question of the elimination of Daesh and what will happen to these units next. It's one thing if they will be defeated, but it's quite another thing if they will move to other countries. There is a parallel process - the reaching of agreements with various opposition circles, which we expect to join the process of national reconciliation. So, it's not about the equal participation of the opposition and the government, but that the opposition has joined the efforts held by Damascus," the advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council concluded.