Russia will be prepared to support the proposal made by the UN secretary-general’s special envoy, Staffan de Mistura, for the withdrawal of Jabhat al-Nusra (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia – TASS) from Aleppo for the sake of saving the city, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Chanel One’s weekly Sunday news roundup Voskresnoye Vremya in an interview.

“According to UN estimates, there are some 6,000-8,000 militants there. About half of them – de Mistura said so himself at the UN Security Council meeting – are Jabhat al-Nusra members. I’ve heard only his statement concerning al-Nusra. For God’s sake, if al-Nusra with all of its armaments leaves for Idlib, where its main forces are based, for the sake of saving Aleppo we would be prepared to support this approach and will be ready to ask the Syrian government to agree to this.”

However, Lavrov said, “the question arises about the other half of the militants who merged with al-Nusa over the past weeks and days. What will happen to it? If it wishes to leave and take its weapons, it is welcome to do so. No questions. But if it wishes to stay in the city, then a separate agreement is to be negotiated how to handle this problem.”

“Those who will not leave with al-Nusra, must clearly distance themselves from it, to sign such an official obligation on paper,” Lavrov said. “Possibly, the government agencies, the police and this part of the armed opposition might agree to form some joint law enforcement bodies to maintain normal life there to let civilians feel secure.”

ALSO READ  Breaking: ISIL's on the verge of encirclement in central Syria

Militants who have separated from Jabhat al-Nusra will be able to form law enforcement forces in Aleppo along with the police, according to Lavrov.

“Those who are not leaving with al-Nusra must clearly dissociate themselves from it, to commit this liability to paper, officially,” Lavrov said. “Maybe then, government structures, police and these armed oppositionists will be able to form some joint law enforcement bodies to maintain normal life to make people feel secure.”

Moscow is also ready to work with Damascus on municipal bodies in Eastern Aleppo.

“United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura also said that a part of his initiative is to preserve those municipal bodies that are now governing Eastern Aleppo,” Lavrov said. “Obviously, these bodies are not in sympathy with the government. We think this option can be looked at too. We will be ready to work with the [Syrian] government on that.”

The minister noted that de Mistura’s proposal required clear and unequivocal coordination before it can be used as basis for the UN Security Council’s resolution on settling the situation in Aleppo.

“The devil is in the detail. Staffan de Mistura’s thought moves in the right direction, but a number of specific questions arise instantly and they require extremely clear and unequivocal coordination,” Lavrov said. “If it works (and we are prepared to do that fast), then I believe that it may become the backbone of the UN Security Council’s resolution as to what is to be done to the situation in Aleppo.

ALSO READ  Pictures: Major jihadist group prepares its forces in north Latakia

“As for the humanitarian aid deliveries, there is no other way but to implement the agreements we reached with the US, that means unblocking Castello road,” the minister said. “I hope our French partners will take these amendments into account, otherwise the UN Security Council will not be able to contribute to the settlement of the Syrian crisis at the current stage.”

Source: Tass News.

Share this article:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

If your comment is held for moderation, please just be patient, it will be published unless it falls into one of the two categories as mentioned above.

Discuss

25 Comments on "Russia ready to formalize UN’s evacuation plan for al-Qaeda fighters in Aleppo"

Notify of
avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Greg
Guest

#Russia #Syria you’re being far to nice, tell the #UN to transport them to #KSA or #US soil.

Giuseppe Nucera
Guest

It is good to save civilians but terrorists don’t deserve this…

Andy Gallado
Guest

WHY DO SUCH A STUPID THING.

Henrik Hedda Wallin
Guest

To save the civilians in East Aleppo.

Robert Gil
Guest

There’re too many civilians in east Aleppo, the clashes between saa and the terrorists would end up with large number of deaths, most of them probably civilians.

Fulan Ibn Fulan
Guest

They should evacuate the civilians instead, or am i wrong?

Robert Gil
Guest

Fulan Ibn Fulan

I doubt that the terrorists would allow that. If terrorists just leave the city, it will have many positive effects:

-No civilians deaths.
-Infrastructure (factories, stores, houses) won’t get destroyed.
-Western media will stop whining about people getting killed by airstrikes.

El Cid Asaei
Guest

Those families are the families of the terrorists right? Or their supporters?

Fulan Ibn Fulan
Guest

Robert: Makes sense – agreed

El Cid: Don’t think so actually. Most takfiris came from abroad.

El Cid Asaei
Guest

Fulan Ibn Fulan not true. Syria had its fair share or takfiris who went to Iraq to fight, and then came back radicalised. Even if a few of these families are home grown, their allegiance to a pluralist Syrian is in doubt, and one would be foolish to believe they are innocent.

El Cid Asaei
Guest

Fulan Ibn Fulan not true. Syria had its fair share or takfiris who went to Iraq to fight, and then came back radicalised. Even if a few of these families are home grown, their allegiance to a pluralist Syrian is in doubt, and one would be foolish to believe they are innocent.

Andy Gallado
Guest

Al Qaeda fighters are not civilians, read the shit before you post.

Angelique Rockas
Guest

and tell @UN DE Mistura rebels won`t be allowed to kill of West Aleppinos- get the REbels the hell out f Aleppo @Johnkerry

Musketeiro
Guest

#Aleppo uh de mistura said 900 out of 8000 are nusra. Oh lavrov

Fulan Ibn Fulan
Guest

Once they evacuate the Takfiris, what are they going to do with them? Move them to another city? Arrest them? Take them for a dinner?

Luis Llo Glez
Guest

To avoid more dammage to civilian population in the city… There´ll be time to chase them in the desert…

Ahriman
Guest

@aj_observations why even try if they already rejected it?

Daeshbags Sux
Member
Master
Upvoted
Rookie Mentor
Commenter
Daeshbags Sux

To sleep better at night so UNSC will not feel responsible about all those who die uselessly during the Aleppo recapture : at least they did what they could, it’s not their fault, you can charge this only on Qaedans which BTW is true…

WowWow
Guest

#SaveOurTerrorists

William Joseph De Pace
Guest

Do not worry… it’s just to not better exterminate all israelians, French, English and Americains secret service working with those babies terrorists…!!!

Daeshbags Sux
Member
Master
Upvoted
Rookie Mentor
Commenter
Daeshbags Sux
Frenchs helping takfiris? ROFL! Stop smoking poppies! Just look how Frenchs take good care of them in Western-Africa! Yeah, we help them a lot to meet Allah! There are French operatives in Syria, but they help YPG! And I announced it here much sooner there was an official statement about it! So did I about Libya… Why do you think we had so huge terrorist attacks? We’re probably the most committed western country when it comes to fight jihad since… 732AD! If there were any implication of French operatives helping terrorists, well, I can tell you something : it’d simply… Read more »
Daeshbags Sux
Member
Master
Upvoted
Rookie Mentor
Commenter
Daeshbags Sux

FSA’n’Co, under their so called “transitional government” calls for ousting DeMistura and severs links with UN.
comment image

Hamalan Browne
Guest

Send them to europe

Daeshbags Sux
Member
Master
Upvoted
Rookie Mentor
Commenter
Daeshbags Sux

Russia is Europe too and we have already too much refugees. Just send them to those who back them : KSA, Qatar, Turkey, USA and Londonistan…

علی میرزا
Guest

Perhaps we should stop making excuses – Russia aren’t the innocent ones and if they were they would have been helping Hezbollah in the first place.

People ignorantly praise Russia and forget without Iran there would be no Syria and the Syrian leadership has always been too stupid to see that hence why they trust the Russians over them.

Who else has better experience of a long foreign imposed war?

wpDiscuz