ISSG agree on humanitarian access, political process and cessation of hostilities in Syria
Lavrov said the ISSG members committed to the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2254, including humanitarian aid, the political process and a ceasefire, which excludes organizations designated as terrorist by the UN Security Council.
He expressed concern about the terrorist groups’ hindering of humanitarian aid delivery by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross to the terrorist-besieged Kefraya and al-Fouaa towns in Idleb, noting that the ISSG issued a denunciation statement addressing this issue.
The task force, he explained, will delineate the territory held by ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups designated as terrorist organizations by the United Nations Security Council, “which is a special step in the right direction.”
He said the talk by some about a “Plan B” and about “preparing ground troops” to be sent into Syria “dangerous” and would only lead to aggravating the conflict, reiterating that the political process should be based on mutual agreement between the government and the opposition with its broad spectra.Commenting on Kerry’s concern regarding the Syrian army’s operations in Aleppo, Lavrov said “You have the right to defend yourself and attack back those who held your territory.”
“We are doing everything in our power diplomatically to bring an end to this conflict,” he added.
Syria crisis plan: Cessation of hostilities, humanitarian airdrops, peace talks laid out in Munich
The main objective that everyone agrees on is to destroy Islamic State, Lavrov added. He also called the notion that the situation in Syria would improve if Assad’s regime was to abdicate an “illusion.”Talk about the need to prepare ground troops for an invasion of Syria will only add fire to the conflict, Russia’s foreign minister stressed.
Lavrov made clear that an end in hostilities in Syria would not mean a halt in anti-terrorist activities in the region. Operations against all groups designated by the UN as terrorists will continue, including the fight against Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front.Lavrov added that militants are the only ones fleeing from the Syrian city of Aleppo, stressing that they have been receiving support from Turkey.
“We welcome the readiness of the US and other countries to join in the Russian-Syrian government operation to disseminate humanitarian aid from planes into the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zour, the location of the biggest number of citizens without humanitarian aid,”Lavrov stated.
Russian PM warns against triggering ‘permanent war’ in Syria
“All sides must be compelled to sit at the negotiating table, instead of unleashing yet another war on Earth,”Medvedev told Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper. “Any kinds of land operations, as a rule, lead to a permanent war. Look at what’s happened in Afghanistan and a number of other countries. I am not even going to bring up poor Libya.”
“The Americans and our Arab partners must think well: do they want a permanent war? Do they think they can really quickly win it? It is impossible, especially in the Arab world. Everyone is fighting against everyone there,”Medvedev added.
SOURCES: SANA, Reem/H.Said Russia Today Submitted by SyrianPatriots War Press Info Network at: https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/issg-plan/ ~