No mil­i­tary plan for Syria

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MOSCOW: The US and Rus­sia have stressed that the on­go­ing con­flict in Syria would have no mil­i­tary so­lu­tion, ac­cord­ing to Rus­sian me­dia.

In a joint state­ment is­sued on the side­lines of the Asia-pa­cific Eco­nomic Co-op­er­a­tion sum­mit in Da Nang in Viet­nam, US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his Rus­sian coun­ter­part Vladimir Putin re­it­er­ated their sup­port for peace talks in Geneva, Rus­sia’s TASS news agency re­ported.

Sev­eral rounds of Un-spon­sored talks be­tween the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion have so far failed to bring an end to a civil war that has left many parts of the coun­try in ru­ins over the past six years.

Rus­sia is a ma­jor mil­i­tary backer of Syr­ian pres­i­dent Bashar al-as­sad, while the US sup­ports some rebel groups fight­ing to oust him. Backed by Rus­sia, Al-as­sad’s forces have made ma­jor ter­ri­to­rial gains in re­cent months.

Con­sti­tu­tional re­form and free elec­tions would have to be part of the so­lu­tion to any peace deal in Syria, said the joint state­ment, which was drawn up in Da Nang by top diplo­mats from the US and Rus­sia, and ap­proved by their su­pe­ri­ors.

The two sides also backed pre­vi­ously agreed de-es­ca­la­tion zones in Syria as a step to­wards re­duc­ing the fight­ing be­tween Al-as­sad’s forces and var­i­ous rebel group. – DPA

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