The Russian foreign Ministry published the text of the Memorandum on the establishment of a de-escalation in Syria


MOSCOW, may 6. /TASS/. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation published a text signed on may 4 of the Memorandum on the establishment of a de-escalation in Syria. The relevant document posted on the Agency’s website.

As noted in the foreign Ministry, the guarantor countries, signatories to the Memorandum intend to complete the preparation of maps of areas of de-escalation and security strips until 4 June 2017, and also to take steps to “dissociation of the units of the armed opposition from terrorist groups.”

The Memorandum was signed by Russia, Turkey and Iran in the framework of the meeting on Syria in Astana on may 4. The document came into force on the date of signing.

The provisions of the Memorandum

Zone of de-escalation will be established in Idlib province and parts of neighboring provinces (Aleppo, Lattakia and Hama), some areas in the Northern province of HOMS, the Damascus suburb of East ghouta and certain areas in the South of Syria in the provinces of Deraa and Quneitra. At the boundaries of the areas of tension reduction organize a security zone where to set the checkpoint for the passage of civilians and humanitarian assistance and monitoring points for the ceasefire.

May 6 in the areas of de-escalation of the conflict parties, a ban on military activity, including aviation. Russia, Iran and Turkey at the same time agreed to take all necessary measures to combat terrorism in these territories and beyond.

The guarantors of the truce 10 days after the signing of the Memorandum to form a Joint working group on de-escalation, which will be involved including definition of the boundaries of the zones of de-escalation and security zones. By 27 may there will be maps of the relevant areas.

The MOU covers six months with the possibility of automatic renewal for the same period. As noted by the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation on the Syrian settlement, Alexander Lavrentiev, the document may get “unlimited sound”.

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