Astana process guarantor states’ presidents affirm adherence to Syria’s unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity

Ankara, SANA- Presidents of the guarantor states of Astana process (Russia, Iran and Turkey) reaffirmed their firm adherence to Syria’s unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and the continuous combat to terrorism in it, and their rejection of separatist agendas.

Russian  President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Head of the Turkish regime Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara on Monday as the concluding statement of their meeting affirmed the three countries’ firm adherence to the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic and its independence, unity and territorial integrity as well as the goals and principles of the United Nations as they asserted the necessity of adhering to these principles and that they shouldn’t be violated through any acts regardless of their perpetrators.

They also underlined the necessity of respecting the international resolutions including the UN relevant resolutions which reject the occupation of the Syrian Golan and in the first place the resolution of the Security Council No. 497, and they condemned the declaration by the US administration on the Golan which constitutes a blatant violation of the international law and threatens the regional peace and security, indicating that these Israeli attacks on the Syrian territories undermine the stability and violate the sovereignty of the country and its territorial integrity and they would increase the tension in the region.

In their concluding statement, the three presidents reiterated that there is no military solution to the crisis and that the only solution will be through a political process led and implemented by the Syrians themselves supported by the UN and according to the Security Council’s resolution no. 2254.

The statement noted that the three presidents discussed the situation in the Syrian al-Jazeera region and they asserted that security and stability can be achieved in it only through respecting the sovereignty of the country and its territorial integrity, and they agreed on coordinating their efforts to achieve that goal, and in this regard, they affirmed their rejection of all the attempts to create new events on the ground under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

They also asserted their determination to confront the separatist schemes which aim at undermining Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The statement added that the three presidents also discussed in details the situation in the de-escalation zone in Idleb, and they underlined the necessity of the full implementation of all the agreements on it, in the first place the memo signed in Sep. 2018.

The presidents, according to the statement, expressed deep concern towards the increase in the presence of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization in Idleb, and they called for continuing cooperation in a way that serves the goal of fully eradicating the organizations of Daesh (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra and all the persons, groups and other organizations which are affiliated to al-Qaeda or Daesh and other terrorist organizations which are on the Security Council’s list for terrorist entities, and they also agreed on taking tangible measures on the basis of the previous agreements to guarantee the protection of the civilian locals according to the provisions of the international humanitarian law.

They also expressed comfort over the exerted efforts for forming a committee to discuss the constitution and they affirmed their support to the mission of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen with regard to facilitating the political process between the Syrian parties, and they announced again their readiness to contribute to launching the work of the committee in accordance with the outcomes of the Syrian National Dialogue Conference in Sochi.

The Presidents of the guarantor states called upon the international community, the UN and the humanitarian agencies to increase their participation and their help to Syria through implementing projects for the reconstruction and basic projects for the infrastructure, and clearing the mines, in addition to increasing the humanitarian aid for all the Syrians without any previous conditions and with the aim of alleviating the suffering of the Syrians.

They underlined the necessity of the international community’s contribution to the return of those who displaced due to terrorism to their hometowns in Syria, expressing readiness to continue to cooperate with all the bodies concerned including United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other specialized international bodies, and they agreed on coordinating their initiatives to hold an international conference to discuss the issues of the humanitarian aid in Syria and the return of the displaced.

The three presidents decided to hold their next meeting in Iran upon an invitation by President Hassan Rouhani.

Ruaa al-Jazaeri


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