Syrian southern de-escalation zone monitoring center opens in Jordan

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 24, 2017

"In accordance with the agreements reached by Russian Federation, the United States and Jordan during the Astana talks, on August 23, 2017, the Joint Monitoring Center for the southern Syrian de-escalation zone, set up in the Deraa and Quneitra Governorates, will start its activities in Amman (the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan)", the statement reads.

The center is tasked with ensuring compliance with the local ceasefire, allowing unhindered access to humanitarian supplies, as well as medical and other forms of assistance to civilians in the zone.

The statement was made following talks on Middle Eastern and African issues held between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who is also the Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, and visiting Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal, Xinhua reported. A ceasefire was declared in the area starting from 12:00 p.m. Damascus time on July 9.

Earlier this month, a third de-escalation zone in central Syria began functioning based on an agreement reached between the Russian military and moderate Syrian opposition. At the same time, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to take all the necessary measures to continue fighting against terrorists on these territories and in the rest of Syria.

The de-escalation zones have been established for six months with the option of extending them automatically for another six months.

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