DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid al-Moallem, said his government is committed to the recently-brokered de-escalation deal, warning at the same time that violations by the opposition forces will be strictly answered.
“We are committed to the deal, but there will be a decisive response in case of any violation by the armed groups,” he said in a televised press conference held earlier today.
Responding to accusations made by opposition figures in exile that the Syrian government is sacrificing the country’s unity, al-Moallem stressed that the de-escalation zones will not lead to partition.
“We are keen on our national unity, and the unity of Syria and its policies, thanks to the steadfastness of our people, and the bravery of our army,” he said.
The Foreign Minister made clear that there is no role for UN or international powers in the deal which will last for six months.
Al-Moallem stated that the Syrian Army will respond to any intervention made by Jordan in the southern frontiers. His remark came as a response to comments made by a Jordanian official that Jordan might enter the Syrian depth to protect its national security.
He also described the role of U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in Syria as “legitimate.”