Rus­sia, US seek­ing in­traSyria UN po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—Rus­sia and United States as co-chairs of the In­ter­na­tional Syria Sup­port Group (ISSG), in a Wash­ing­ton meet­ing have rec­og­nized the progress made thus far re­gard­ing ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties (CoH) in Syria, in ac­cor­dance with their Joint State­ment (JS) of Fe­bru­ary 22, 2016 with stress on im­prov­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­cess, says a US State de­patt’s lat­est me­dia note.

Not­ing sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in violence in North Latakia and East Ghouta, the JS no­ticed dif­fi­cul­ties faced by the CoH in several ar­eas of the coun­try in en­sur­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian ac­cess to the be­sieged ar­eas. It was agreed to en­hance ef­forts to pro­mote hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to all peo­ple in ac­cor­dance with United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2254. Tak­ing note of ur­gency of ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties the JS re-em­pha­sized the terms of the COH with field com­man­ders on all sides, es­pe­cially in Aleppo, Eastern Ghouta, and Latakia, where “we are de­ter­mined to im­prove and sus­tain the CoH. We are us­ing our in­flu­ence with the CoH par­ties on the ground to press them to abide by the COH, re­frain from dis­pro­por­tion­ate re­sponses to provo­ca­tions and demon­strate re­straint”. Sup­port­ing a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment in warn-bat­tered Syria both Rus­sia and USA ex­pressed their joint de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­dou­ble ef­forts to reach a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the Syr­ian con­flict con­sis­tent with UNSCR 2254 through the in­tra-Syr­ian ne­go­ti­a­tions in Geneva un­der UN aus­pices. “We con­cur that these talks should be re­sumed on the ba­sis of the Spe­cial En­voy’s me­di­a­tor’s sum­mary of April 27, in par­tic­u­lar the an­nex ad­dress­ing the fun­da­men­tal is­sues for a vi­able tran­si­tion, and the sec­tion on the com­mon­al­i­ties on the po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion”. Ankara is.

NATO mem­ber Turkey was ini­tially a reluc­tant part­ner in the US-led coali­tion against IS and faced crit­i­cism in the ear­lier stages of the Syr­ian war for fail­ing to stop for­eign fight­ers cross­ing its borders and join­ing the rad­i­cal group.

Turkey has mean­while said it needs more help from Western al­lies in the fight against IS, par­tic­u­larly near the Syr­ian bor­der, where the Turk­ish town of Kilis has been hit for weeks by re­peated rocket fire.—Agen­cies

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