FSA: "Demilitarized zone will lie in our territory and will not bear Russian presence."

تحرير عبد الله الدرويش | ترجمة معن سلطي | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 1 أكتوبر، 2018 11:16:38 ص خبر عسكري الجيش السوري الحر

Idlib - SMART

On Monday, a Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander revealed to SMART that the 20-kilometer-wide demilitarized zone will lie inside FSA territory only and will be supervised by Turkey, with no Russian forces patrols.

Captain Naji Mustafa, the spokesman of the National Liberation Front (NLF), stated to SMART that the demilitarized zone will be between 15 and 20 kilometers wide and will lie inside FSA and Islamist factions territory, and that the NLF informed Turkey of its reservations regarding the article, which is part of the Russian-Turkish agreement.

Mustafa added that the Turkish Army, which enforces its presence in the observation bases in the area, will supervise the demilitarized zone and deploy patrols to monitor the agreement. Mustafa confirmed that the NLF will not approve of a Russian presence in the NLF-controlled areas.

Mustafa also said that the NLF will maintain their locations and bases on the frontline with the Syrian government forces in the demilitarized zone, and that the NLF will remove heavy weapons from the zone, keeping medium, light, and anti-armor weapons inside.

Mustafa stressed that the NLF does not trust Russia and the Syrian government forces, saying that they are likely to breach the agreement, and that the NLF is ready to confront them if necessary. Mustafa said, "All the factions and fighters are at high readiness."

A day earlier, the FSA affirmed that it will not allow Russian forces to enter FSA headquarters and deploy patrols to the FSA-controlled areas inside the demilitarized zone.

In a statement published two days earlier, the al-Izzah Army said that the Turkish-Russian agreement included the establishment of a 20-kilometer-wide demilitarized zone that should be free of heavy weapons and lie between Syrian government forces and FSA territory. The statement said that the opposition factions later realized that the zone will lie inside their territory only, and that Russian patrols will have the authority to tour and search any area inside the zone, which the al-Izzah Army refused, demanding a division of the zone between the opposition factions and the Syrian government forces.

On Sept. 17, 2018, the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed to establish a demilitarized zone in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria.

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