Iran-Russia-Turkey reiterate their commitment for peaceful Syria

By Monitoring Desk
Saturday – March 17, 2018
MOSCOW (Russia): In a joint statement on Syria by foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in Syria on Friday expressed their concern with the ongoing violations of the ceasefire regime, and declared that, as guarantors of the ceasefire regime, they would step up their efforts to ensure observance of the respective agreements.

According to an official statement, they welcomed the united nations (UN) security council resolution 2401 in response to the grave humanitarian situation all across Syria, including in Eastern Ghouta, Yarmouk, Foua and Kefraya, Idlib Governorate, Northern Hama Governorate, Rukhban and Raqqa.

They reaffirmed their determination to continue their cooperation in order to ultimately eliminate Daesh, Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or Daesh as designated by the UN security council in Syria and to prevent their relocation to other countries and regions.

Agreed to continue the effective interaction that would have positive effect on the situation in Syria and the entire region and reduce the risk of ‘ethnic’ and “sectarian divide”. Underscored the need to ensure rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to areas affected by the ongoing conflict.

They reaffirmed their strong and continued commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab republic. They highlighted that none of the actions, no matter by whom they were undertaken, should undermine these principles, confirmed by relevant UN resolutions and by the will of representatives of all segments of the Syrian society, clearly and unequivocally expressed during the congress of the Syrian national dialogue in Sochi.

Underscored the necessity to assist the Syrians in restoring the unity of their country and in achieving a political solution of the ongoing conflict through an inclusive, free, fair and transparent Syrian-led and Syrian-owned process leading to a constitution enjoying the support of the Syrian people, and free and fair elections with the participation of all eligible Syrians under appropriate UN supervision.

They expressed their satisfaction with concrete contribution of the Astana process to improvement of the situation in Syria during the last year, emphasising in this regard the success of their collective efforts in the fight against international terrorism, particularly the defeat of Daesh in Syria and the creation of favorable conditions for the political settlement on the basis of the UN security council resolution 2254.

Reiterated their conviction that there was no military solution to the Syrian conflict and welcomed the progress achieved in 8 high-level meetings held in Astana with a view to contributing to international efforts for ending the Syrian conflict through the adoption of measures to reduce violence on the ground, build confidence between the conflicting parties, alleviate the humanitarian situation and give impetus to efforts aimed at finding a political solution.