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Staffan de Mistura in Rome

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 08.06.2017, 09:45 Uhr
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Rome [ENA] On 7th of june United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has been in Rome. According to Staffan de Mistura a solution in Syria must involve Russia. The UN Special Envoy for Syria said that he is going to meet Russian Foreign and Defense Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu today. The UN envoy strongly insisted on the humanitarian situation in Syria, stating that de-escalation did not produced

desirable results due to the "ambiguity on al-Nusra". Al-Nusra is also described as al-Qaeda in Syria or al-Qaeda in the Levant, and is a Salafist jihadist terrorist organization fighting against Syrian government forces in the Syrian Civil War, with the aim of establishing an Islamic state in the country. The Russians are currently leading diplomatic efforts on Syria, the latest round of Astana talks demonstrated it clearly. On May 4, Russia reached an agreement with Turkey and Iran to create safe zones, de-escalation zones, in the diplomatic jargon.

Located in Idlib, northern Homs countryside, Eastern Ghouta, and in southern Syria, these zones will allegedly see ceasefires administered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran, the signatory “guarantor states.” Till now opposition representatives refused the deal, and it seems that even if they had agreed, the plan would have modest hope of success. Anyway, this agreement can serve as a framework for a future settlement. Notwithstanding the agreement reached in Astana among Russia, Iran and Turkey, there are very few humanitarian convoys coming to the civilian population, denounced de Mistura at the end of the meeting with the Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano.

The hope is that Ankara's meeting between Turks, Russians and Iranians will shake the ambiguity on al-Nusra and de Mistura pointed out that no truce can be sustained for a long time without a political horizon. The situation in Syria's northern Aleppo province continues to be difficult also because of the use of barrel bombs and other non conventional weapons. All evidence shows that the overwhelming majority of the civilian victims in the Syrian conflict have been brought about by the use of such indiscriminate aerial weapons. Mr. de Mistura always stressed that the protection of civilians during armed conflicts is a cornerstone of international humanitarian law, and applies in all circumstances and without distinction.

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