Fighting factions in Eastern Ghouta deny negotiations with Syrian government

تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة رند رسلان | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 18 فبراير، 2018 2:26:59 م خبر دوليسياسي مفاوضات

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On Sunday, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and affiliated Islamist battalions denied negotiating with the loyalist forces or any party that wishes to make a truce or “reconciliation” in Eastern Ghouta, Damascus.

Earlier in the day, government media reported that there had been negotiations between the loyalist forces and the FSA factions through mediators, in order to reach a compromise in Eastern Ghouta sponsored by Russia.

Wael Alwan, the spokesman of Failaq al-Sham, which is affiliated with the FSA, said that their contact with the Russian side was cut more than two months ago after the Geneva ceasefire agreement.

Alwan said that they refused any further contact with the Russians, stressing the lack of contact with the loyalist forces or any affiliated militias.

The head of the Army of Islam, Mohammed Alloush, responded to the rumour of negotiations with “I do not know anything about it.” He added that the Syrian government is trying to break the people of Eastern Ghouta through a psychological war.

The director of Eastern Ghouta's political office, Yasser Delwan, said that there have been no negotiations with the Syrian government. He pointed out that the eased escalation agreement followed negotiations with Russia, but was never implemented.

Delwan added that Eastern Ghouta's political office has not negotiated with anyone about the exit of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham from Eastern Ghouta. He continued saying that there are no ongoing negotiations in areas controlled by Army of Islam, referring to al-Rahman Legion.

Delwan announced that the Syrian government disrupts the path to a political solution in Syria.

On Saturday, the FSA and affiliated Islamist battalions in Eastern Ghouta responded to the Syrian government’s propaganda, which is aimed at breaking into the region by reminding it of its failed campaigns during the years of the Syrian Revolution.

The loyalist forces try to advance to Eastern Ghouta from several directions on a daily basis, most notably in the district Jubar al-Dimashqi. However, the government has not succeeded in achieving their goals so far. The fight for Eastern Ghouta is happening amid deaths and injuries in the ranks of the Syrian government, which supports its forces on the ground with intensive air raids and missile strikes on Eastern Ghouta's towns and cities, killing and injuring civilians almost every day.

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تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة رند رسلان | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 18 فبراير، 2018 2:26:59 م خبر دوليسياسي مفاوضات
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