Tribal leaders from Damascus met with tribal leaders from the al-Rukban refugee camp in the 55km de-escalation zone around the border town of al-Tanaf to discuss the situation in the region, the Syrian Hammurabi’s Justice News reported on September 29.
A commander of the Revolutionary Commando Army, which is stationed in the US-led coalition base near the al-Rukban camp, told the pro-opposition blog that the group was not a part of the talks. The commander added that the refugees in the camp have the right to determine their own fate.
“The Revolutionary Commando Army did not participate in any negotiations. The Revolutionary Commando Army secured the area in the 55km deconfliction zone making sure the Regime did not abuse the agreement. The Syrians in Rukban can make their own choices,” Hammurabi’s Justice News quoted the commander as saying.
Two weeks ago, Nikolai Burtsev, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, revealed that Russia is working closely with the U.S. to evacuate refugees from the al-Rukban camp to the government-controlled areas. According to local observers, the meeting is a clear sign that the evacuation agreement is near.