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Turkey continues to arm terrorist groups in Idlib, evades Sochi commitments: Syrian UN envoy

Parstoday 2019-09-17 18:57:05

Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Hussam Eddin Ala, says Turkey has been providing various types of munitions to foreign-sponsored terrorist groups operating in the country’s militant-held northwestern province of Idlib, and reneging on its commitments under the Sochi agreement.

Speaking at a session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday, Ala stated that the Damascus government has taken all the necessary measures to protect civilians in Idlib, including opening two humanitarian corridors there.

He added that thousands of citizens have passed through Suran corridor and returned back to their home villages and towns in Hama and Idlib provinces over the past few days.

He added that the Ankara government continues to offer ammunition to terror outfits active in Idlib, and evades its commitments under the Sochi agreement.

Under the Sochi agreement, all militants in the demilitarized zone that surrounds Idlib and also parts of the provinces of Aleppo and Hama were supposed to pull out heavy arms by October 17 last year, and Takfiri groups had to withdraw two days earlier.

The National Front for the Liberation of Syria is the main Turkish-backed militant alliance in Idlib region, but the Takfiri Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group, which is a coalition of different factions of terror outfits largely composed of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, holds a large part of the province and the zone.

The HTS, which is said to be in control of some 60 percent of Idlib, has yet to announce its stance on the buffer zone deal.

Ala further noted that Syrian government troops are carrying out their national duties as regards combating terrorism in Idlib, and are fairly determined to eliminate all terror hotbeds from the Syrian soil.

The Syrian UN ambassador went on to say that Damascus spares no effort to protect civilian facilities, which terrorists have used as their bases and positions to launch attacks on neighboring areas.