At least 435 breaches since beginning of truce in Syria
by Daily Sabah with Wires
ISTANBULMar 12, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah with Wires
Mar 12, 2016 12:00 am
As the cease-fire agreement in Syria officially continues, a human rights watch committee report has said that there has been at least 435 violations of the agreement in its first 12 days.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) report says that 83 individuals have been killed since the beginning of the cease-fire.
It says the cease-fire breaches reached 17 on by its 12th day, March 9, which include military attacks and arrests by Syrian regime forces in Hama, Homs, Daraa, Deir ez-Zor and Damascus.
"Concerning the statement itself, the Syrian regime and its Russian accomplice can strike regions under the control of armed opposition in northern Syria under the pretext of the presence al-Nusra Front, even if it is extremely limited, without breaching the cease-fire," Fadel Abdul Ghani, head of the institution, said.
The cessation of hostilities agreement brokered by the United States and Russia has reduced the overall level of violence in Syria since it came into effect on Feb. 27, although all parties have accused others of violating it.
HNC coordinator Riad Hijab said on Friday last week that Russia and its allies had carried out 90 airstrikes in the country since the cease-fire was declared and current conditions are not favourable for negotiations. He said it was premature to say if talks would resume.
Despite the first major cease-fire of the war, airstrikes believed to have been conducted by Russian or Syrian aircraft have hit targets in several places, including Aleppo, Hama and the Turkmen-populated region of Bayırbucak.
Major powers close to the U.N.-brokered peace talks on Syria are discussing the possibility of a federal division of the war-torn country that would maintain its unity as a single state while granting broad autonomy to regional authorities, a U.N. Security Council diplomat said.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the diplomat said some major Western powers, not only Russia, have also been considering the possibility of a federal structure for Syria and have passed on ideas to the U.N.'s special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura.
"While insisting on retaining the territorial integrity of Syria, so continuing to keep it as a single country, of course there are all sorts of different models of a federal structure that would, in some models, have a very, very loose center and a lot of autonomy for different regions," the diplomat said.