Syria Fighting Eases As Safe Zones Plan Begins

Syria Fighting Eases As Safe Zones Plan Begins

A potential complication to implementing the plan is the crowded airspace over Syria.

Foreign forces are also set to be sent to the country, if not already arrived, to monitor the implementation of the deal. The Syrian government has said that although it will abide by the agreement, it will continue fighting "terrorism" wherever it exists, parlance for most armed rebel groups fighting government troops.

Several ceasefire deals have previously been agreed since Syria's conflict broke out in 2011, but they have all failed to permanently stem the fighting.

Political and armed opposition groups in Syria have rejected the proposal, saying Russian Federation has been unwilling or unable to get President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian-backed militia allies to respect past ceasefires.

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The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media reported on Saturday morning "relative clam" is prevailing the designated zones nine hours after the deal went into effect. An official with Russia's military general staff said other countries may eventually have a role in enforcing the de-escalation areas.

Iran and Turkey agreed to the Russian proposal for de-escalation zones on Thursday.

Rebels have expressed concerns the deal is a prelude to a de facto partitioning of Syria into spheres of influence.

Russia, prime mover of the deal, and Iran are allied militarily and politically with the Syrian government, while Turkey sponsors several insurgent factions and the expatriate opposition.

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The Joint Working Group shall report on its activities to the high-level worldwide meetings on Syria held in Astana.

But it's hard to imagine how many boots on the ground would be needed to monitor the yet to be mapped areas or how and where exactly Russian, Iranian and Turkish troops would patrol. The main Syrian opposition umbrella group, the High Negotiations Committee, cautioned against attempts to "partition the country through vague meanings of what have been called". Turkey, which supports rebel groups, also agreed to act as a guarantor.

A rebel commander said the general level of violence was reduced, but added: "Regime attempts (to advance) in the Hama countryside continue".

"The Secretary-General is encouraged by the agreement today in Astana..."

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In some sense, it seems like delivering chemotherapy to a patient who has been suffering from a malignant illness for more than six years, but the creation of "de-escalation zones" in Syria, analysts say, are likely the most viable way to bring the endless confrontations to an end. Iran, Assad's other major ally, also backed it. The Riyadh-based HNC, which includes political and armed groups, said it remained committed to the United Nations -led peace process in Geneva and called for its revival.

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