Iran, Turkey and Russia have signed a memorandum on the creation of four security zones in Syria during the ongoing peace talks in Astana, RT reported, adding that the effort is aimed at separating terrorists from “moderate opposition” forces.
The proposal seeks to “put an immediate end to the violence” in Syria and “provide the conditions for the safe, voluntary return of refugees,” AFP reported citing a source close to the opposition.
Some representatives of the Syrian opposition left the meeting arguing that Iran cannot be a guarantor state.
According to the document, Moscow proposed to set up security zones in the province of Idlib, in the area north of the city of Homs, in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus and in southern Syria.
“Guarantors within five days after signing the memorandum will create a working group at the level of authorized representatives to determine the boundaries of disarmament, areas of tension and security areas, as well as to address technical issues related to the implementation of the memorandum,” the text of the document reads.
“We support any initiative aimed at de-escalation of the conflict in Syria, prevention of bloodshed, destruction, leading to the fleeing of the Syrian people from their native territory. We support any step aimed at a ceasefire,” RIA Novosti quoted the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura hailed the plan for creating safe zones in Syria as a step in the right direction toward a cessation of hostilities.