UN Syria envoy: We will not give up asking for implementation of Syria cease-fire

The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. (Reuters)
Updated 01 March 2018
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UN Syria envoy: We will not give up asking for implementation of Syria cease-fire

The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Thursday that the UN has not given up and will not give up in asking for a full implementation of the resolution calling for a 30- day cease-fire in Syria.
De Mistura also said that the UN is particularly pushing for convoy access to eastern Ghouta, because “otherwise this becomes a copy of Aleppo.”
He added that ideas about setting up a Syrian constitutional committee will be shared in the next few days.
De Mistura's humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said diplomats from 23 states attending a humanitarian meeting on Thursday had been given a blunt message: "You are failing to help us help civilians in Syria."
The UN Security Council, including President Bashar Assad’s strongest ally Russia, passed a resolution on Saturday calling for a 30-day countrywide cease-fire, but it has not come into effect, with Moscow and Damascus saying they are battling members of terrorist groups excluded from the truce.


Turkey sends weapons to opposition fighters in Syria

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters get a major boost as Ankara backs them with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them hold their ground. (Reuters)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Turkey sends weapons to opposition fighters in Syria

  • Ankara signals readiness to preserve its influence in Syria’s Idlib province in northwestern region

AMMAN: Turkey has equipped an array of mainstream Syrian opposition fighters it backs with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them try to repel a major Russian-backed assault, senior opposition officials and opposition sources said on Saturday.
Russia is backing the Syrian army’s large aerial and ground assault as it seeks to gain control of the last big stretch of opposition-held territory in the northwest of the country.
Syria’s Bashar Assad launched the assault last month, saying fighters had breached an existing cease-fire, triggering a civilian exodus by bombarding Idlib and adjacent areas. It has been the biggest escalation since last summer between Assad and the opposition fighters in Idlib province and a belt of territory around it.
Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey, two senior opposition figures said.

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Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey.

In doing so Turkey signaled its readiness to preserve its influence in northwestern Syria, where it has beefed up its troop presence in a dozen military bases that were set up under a de-escalation deal with Russia, a senior opposition commander said. Turkish officials were not immediately available for comment.
Overnight, a Turkish military convoy arrived in a base in northern Hama near opposition-held Jabal Al-Zawiya, where Russian and Syrian jets have been pounding for weeks, a fighter and a witness said.
The delivery of dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers, anti-tank guided missiles helped roll back some army gains and retake the strategically located town of Kfar Nabouda.