Lavrentyev Says Terrorists' Surrender Would Be Best Solution For Idlib Situation
Russian special presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev believes that terrorists' surrender would be the best option for solving the situation in the Idlib province, which has for years been controlled by militants and terrorist groups.
GENEVA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th September, 2018) Russian special presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev believes that terrorists' surrender would be the best option for solving the situation in the Idlib province, which has for years been controlled by militants and terrorist groups.
"It is impossible just to imagine that the Syrian government is living in peace with the terrorists. This is absolutely unacceptable for the international community, not only for Russia, Damascus, or Iran or Turkey ... If they surrender, that would be the best decision," Lavrentyev told reporters in Geneva.
"When our presidents were meeting in Tehran, there was an appeal from them, and they called upon the terrorist groups to put down their weapons and to surrender, in order to prevent casualties also among civilians," Lavrentyev recalled.
Turkey, Russia and Iran are the guarantors of the ceasefire regime in Syria. The leadership of the three countries is constantly engaged in dialogue on the situation in Syria. Most recently, on September 7, a trilateral summit, uniting the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran, was held in Tehran, during which the three leaders called on the militants operating in Idlib to join the nationwide truce regime.
While the Syrian authorities have managed to regain control over most of the country's territories following several years of fighting against terrorists and opposition groups, the Idlib de-escalation zone remains a stronghold of insurgency. On August 25, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said that terrorists were planning to stage a false-flag chemical attack in Idlib in order to provoke western states' attacks against the Syrian government which they would consider responsible for the offensive.