BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Russian Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev discussed the creation of the Idlib demilitarisation zone on the sidelines of the Syrian peace talks in Astana, Wednesday, after holding talks with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.
“The creation of demilitarised zone [in Idlib], of course, needs additional time. But the process is ongoing despite the fact that, as you know, the number of violations of the ceasefire has risen,” he said.
The envoy also demanded proper investigation on the reported chlorine attack on Aleppo districts.
“This fact demands the proper investigation by the international organisations, first of all by the OPCW. We insist that the experts of this organisation immediately go to there to fix this violation of the humanitarian law.”
According to Syrian government news agency SANA, a chlorine gas attack on the al-Khalidiye and al-Zahraa neighbourhoods on November 24, led to 50 people being rushed to hospital. Many of the victims were reportedly treated for asphyxiation.
Local militant leaders have denied using toxic gas in the attack.
The 11th round of Syria peace talks in the Astana format started on Wednesday in the Kazakh capital.
Video credit: Ruptly