The permanent representative of the Russian Federation: the Russian military and the US are cooperating effectively on the theme of truce in Syria

The permanent representative of the Russian Federation: the Russian military and the US are cooperating effectively on the theme of truce in Syria

GENEVA, 28 February. /Corr. Ilya Dmitriev, Konstantin Pribytkov/. Russian and us military cooperate effectively in providing a truce in Syria. This was reported on Sunday in an interview with TASS permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin, summing up Thursday in Switzerland informal meeting of the ad hoc working group on the cessation of hostilities.

Collaboration in real time

“With satisfaction we can state that established productive and effective collaboration between Russian and American diplomats and the military, which in the real-time monitor the situation on the ground and take the necessary measures in order to maintain the cessation of hostilities”, – the diplomat said.

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The co-chairs of the International support group Syria (MGPS), Russia and the United States, announced the establishment of its operational centers – in Moscow, Washington, Geneva, Latakia (Syria) and Amman (Jordan).

According to the Borodavkin, in Geneva operational centre “of the Russian military and diplomats are in constant contact with the UN, us representatives and other members MGPS”. The first assessment task of the working group, which includes 17 countries participating MHPS, about the commencement of the truce positive. “All the members of this structure expressed satisfaction that the cessation of hostilities has generally held”, – said the permanent representative.

No major accidents

“The first day of the reference of the cessation of hostilities ended generally without major incident, said the Borodavkin. In General, the ceasefire regime is maintained. The minor violations do not result in large casualties”.

He drew attention to the fact that terrorists from grouping “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia) attacked on Saturday the Syrian army checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Salmiya in the Central province of Hama. “It once again emphasizes the need to join efforts to fight terrorists in Syria,” he said.

Hope for peace talks

The Borodavkin noted that the results of the first day of the truce a possibility of renewing inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva. On Friday, the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura has declared that plans to re-assemble the representatives of the parties of the Syrian conflict in Geneva on 7 March. “The ceasefire, which is happening in Syria, allows to speak with confidence about the possibility of resuming political negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict,” said Borodavkin.

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He also reported that the truce “contributes to the effective operations for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected Syrian populations, as well as joining efforts of all healthy political forces in Syria to fight DAISH (Arabic name of the IG), “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (both banned in Russia) and other terrorist groups that are defined as such by the UN security Council resolutions”, – said the Russian diplomat.

The cessation of hostilities between government forces and armed opposition in Syria came into effect at 00:00 time of Damascus (01:00 GMT Saturday, February 27). An hour before the truce the UN Security Council adopted a resolution in support of the cessation of collisions. The document, prepared by Russia and the United States, received the support of all 15 members of the security Council.

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