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Syrian armed opposition factions sign ceasefire agreement in Cairo under Egypt sponsorship, Russian guarantees

Ahmed Eleiba , Tuesday 17 Jul 2018
Ahmad Jarba, head of the Syrian AL-Ghad current (Photo: Reuters)
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A number of armed Syrian opposition factions in the coastal region of Syria have signed on Monday evening a cease-fire agreement in Cairo under the sponsorship of the Egyptian General Intelligence, guranteed by the Federal Republic of Russia, and by Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jarba, the head of the Syrian Tayyar Al-Al-Ghad current.

The deal included an agreement on participation in efforts to combat terrorism, and working towards reaching a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, the return of refugees and displaced to their residences, and the releasing of detainees.

Other Syrian armed factions in the North Homs country side, including Gaish Al-Tawhid, have also signed an agreement under the sponsorship of Egypt, guaranteed by Russia and through the mediation of Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jarba to join the efforts to combat terrorism in Syria and found a peace and security force in the area.

The leaders of the Syrian factions, which signed the agreement in the meetings in Cairo, thanked the Egyptian President's Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for the efforts Egypt is exerting to resolve the Syrian crisis and alleviate the humanitarian suffering of the Syrian people.

The spokesman of the Syrian Ghad Current, Munzir Akbik, said in statements to journalists that the Cairo agreement concerning the countryside of Homs deals with residents' concerns about the Syrian regime’s intervention in those areas, and the fears that the displaced would be returned but without the young men who were conscripted by the regime.

The agreement states that a security force will be established of 1,000 personnel, mainly from Gaish Al-Tawhid members, to maintain security in the Homs countryside, and this guarantee the young men will return to the area to complete their military service there.

Akbik cited serious moves from the Russian side, who pledged to communicate with Bashar Al-Assad’s regime to prevent any intervention, in addition to guaranteeing the safe return of displaced people to their villages and cities. 

Regarding the other agreement involving the coastal region, Akbik stated that the ceasefire deal included the first coastal division faction, which pledged to halt its exchange of fire with regime forces and join counter-terrorism efforts against Al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorists.  

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