In a surprise move, Damascus accepted a new ceasefire in Greater Idlib, despite the recent Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advance in the terrorist-occupied region.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) announced the ceasefire in a press release late on August 1. A military source told the state-run agency that the ceasefire will be implemented as long as Idlib’s militants remain committed to the demilitarized zone agreement.
“A ceasefire in the de-escalation zone in Idlib will be approved starting from today’s midnight provided the execution of Sochi agreement, which call for the retreat of terrorists within 20 kilometers away the lines of Idlib’s de-escalation zone and the withdrawal of heavy and medium weapons,” the SANA quoted the source as saying.
Reached last September, Sochi agreement failed to achieve its main goals despite efforts of Russia and Turkey. Idlib militias took advantage of the agreement and stepped up their attacks on military and civilian targets around Greater Idlib.
The new ceasefire comes amid a successful ground operation by SAA in Greater Idlib and coincide with the 13th round of the Astana talks. Local observers doubt that the ceasefire will success as many recent attempts to revive the Sochi Agreement ended with a failure.