DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:55 P.M.) – Borders of two of the four so-called de-escalation zones in Syria has been already defined, a source close to the negotiating parties told Interfax agency.
“Turkey is interested in control over the northern areas, namely, Idlib region, but there is no agreement on the borders in those zones yet. The second and the third de-escalation zones are defined. They will include East Ghouta and a small territory near Homs city,” said the source.
“The fourth zone is still being defined with the process going out of the [agreement] framework, because it concerns Jordan and Israel. All this is in the progress,” he added, having noted that none of these countries (Jordan and Israel) is going to control the fourth zone.
According to the source, lots of armed groups affiliated with the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) – moderate opposition, by standards of the negotiating parties – make it more difficult to define the borders of the fourth de-escalation zone.
“It is very difficult to distinguish [among the armed groups] and define borders,” the source concluded.