Kalin: Turkey expects implementation of Idlib deal
Date: 2019-09-02 15:23
Turkey's presidential spokesman on Monday (September 2) called on Russia and Iran to ensure the full implementation of the Idlib deal which was signed during the landmark 2018 Astana talks, AA reported.
The Assad regime must immediately stop its attacks [in Idlib] carried out on the pretext of terrorist elements, said Ibrahim Kalin, speaking at a conference held in Turkey's central province of Konya.
Kalin said the northwestern Idlib city of Syria was designated as a de-escalation zone and it was under the guarantee of Turkey and Russia; however, Assad regime continued to target the region to gain more territory in a blatant violation of Idlib deal.
“The solution [in Syria] is that the political process is actualized immediately without delay,” he said, warning another humanitarian crisis was on the horizon if a political solution was not agreed upon.
He added Turkey, Russia and Iranian regime would have a trilateral meeting on Sept. 16 where the parties would discuss the Syrian crisis.
Turkey and Russia agreed last September to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.
Under the deal, opposition groups in Idlib would remain in areas where they were already present, while Russia and Turkey would carry out joint patrols in the area to prevent a resumption of fighting.
The Assad regime and its allies, however, have consistently broken the terms of the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the de-escalation zone.
Assad-Russian warplanes have committed dozens of massacres in Idlib and Hama countryside since they launched their bombing campaign on the 30th of April, largely violating the de-escalation zone deal reached between Russia and Turkey last September.