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Turkey Slams Assad over Syria Political Standstill

Turkey Slams Assad over Syria Political Standstill

Saturday, 11 July, 2020 - 07:00
Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin
Ankara - Saeed Abdulrazek

The Syrian crisis should be resolved based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254, Turkey said Friday.


The final solution for Syria is to form a transitional government in line with Resolution 2254, and “obviously the regime of Bashar Assad will not do this,” Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.


“The ultimate solution for Syria is to continue the political process, complete the work of the Constitutional Committee, and this should not take years,” he told state-owned Anadolu news agency.


“The [Assad] regime has done everything to sabotage the work of the Constitutional Committee, which is why its work is going slowly. This process should be completed as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the very important issues still remain unresolved in Syria due to this,” said Kalin.


On the situation in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, Kalin said: “The Turkish-Russian joint patrols are continuing in line with the Idlib ceasefire signed by the two parties on March 5.”


He stressed that the ceasefire is being observed to a great extent, “but we also see violations from the [Assad] regime from time to time.”


Citing a UN Human Rights Committee report that tells how the regime is committing war crimes in Idlib by attacking civilians, he said: “The regime has tried to gain a position in Idlib by punishing civilians.”


“The problem is partly under control, but the real solution would be to declare Idlib a safe zone, and act accordingly,” he added.


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