On November 14, Syrian authorities launched a long-awaited reconciliation process in the eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor.
A reconciliation center was opened in Deir Ezzor city, where civilians and military personnel wanted by the authorities can settle their legal status. Everyone who is wanted for evading military service or deserting the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army will be pardoned.
The process was initiated in the presence of Maj. Gen. Hossam Louka, head of the General Intelligence Directorate, and Sheikh Nauaf al-Bashir, head of Al Baggara tribe and one of the most prominent leaders in eastern and northeastern Syria.
“This process is meant to establish stability in the region and encourage the people to return to their normal lives by settling their status,” Sheikh al-Bashir told Sputnik. “We are in contact with people in areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and many of them have come today to settle their status and return to their normal life.”
It remains unclear if the US-backed SDF will allow the reconciliation process to move to its parts of Deir Ezzor. The group holds the northeastern, eastern and southeastern countryside. Russia will likely back any efforts to expand the process into SDF-held areas.
Earlier this year, thousands of wanted gunmen in the southern governorate of Daraa handed over their weapons and settled their legal status in the framework of a similar reconciliation process that was sponsored by Russia.
The reconciliation process will further stabilize Deir Ezzor and encourage the locals in SDF-held areas to return to their legitimate government.