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The Syrian opposition has said that the creation of zones of de-escalation can lead to country split. Such opinion in interview to Reuters expressed by the delegate from the opposition at the talks in Astana Osama Abu Zeid.
“We want Syria to remain unified. We strongly oppose the partition of Syria. We have not signed the agreement here [on areas of de-escalation] and never will sign — as long as Iran remains a country-the guarantor”, — he stressed.
Memorandum on the establishment of a de-escalation was signed in Astana on Thursday, 4th may. On the Russian side the document was signed by special representative of the President on the Syrian settlement, Alexander Lavrentiev, Turkish — Deputy foreign Minister Sedat Onal, from Iran — Tehran his colleague Hossein Ansari.
Not without incident: two delegates from the Syrian armed opposition demonstratively left the hall in protest against the participation in the meeting of Iran as a guarantor state.
Earlier on 4 may it was reported that Russia, Iran and Turkey have reached consensus on all paragraphs of the agreement. The next meeting was planned to take place in June and finalized by the time some items of the Memorandum, however, the work could be completed early.
3 may in Sochi, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the creation of four zones to reduce tensions: in Idlib province, to the North of the city of HOMS, Eastern ghouta and in the South of the country.