Geneva, March 1, 2016 (AFP) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday demanded the closure of the Turkish-Syrian border to cut off the supply of ‘terrorists’ routes, including through humanitarian convoys.
“There is no place for terrorists and extremists, either in the cease-fire, not in a political process” in Syria, Lavrov said before the Council of Human Rights ‘UN Rights in Geneva.
“A very special task is to cut off the supply of terrorists from outside. To achieve this, it is important to close the border between Syria and Turkey, because through it, these gangs receive arms, including through humanitarian convoys, “he said.
The head of Russian diplomacy stressed that a “massive defeat (jihadist organization) Islamic State (…) and the Al-Nosra Front (Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) is a necessary prerequisite for preserve the rights of the Syrian people who have suffered too much. “
“To improve the humanitarian situation in Syria is one of the key priorities of the UN, he said. However, the resolution of humanitarian problems and restoration of the country destroyed by war will be possible only by maintaining a sustainable cease-fire and the establishment of a intersyrien dialogue on the future of the country, which must be decided by the Syrians themselves, without outside interference. “
On Monday, UN teams delivered aid to a besieged Syrian cities for the first time since the beginning of the ceasefire between rebels and regime generally respected despite some accusations of violation.
The ceasefire agreement was negotiated and concluded with the support of the UN, Moscow and Washington. At a Tuesday meeting in Geneva, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked Lavrov for his “important role in the recent progress on Syria,” said a statement.
“They agreed on the importance of urgently and simultaneously advance the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement, the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance to civilians and the return to political negotiations,” added the document.
Jihadist movements, which control more than half of Syria, are not included in the truce agreement. The UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, convened all Syrian parties to a new round of talks on March 7 in Geneva.
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