The delegation of the Free Syrian Army and rebel groups to Astana announced that they fully implemented the Idlib Agreement, stressing that the region has become safe from the attacks by the Assad regime and its allies. The move will likely open the way for reaching a nationwide cease-fire and the restart of the political process in accordance with international resolutions.
In a press conference in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Monday, head of the FSA delegation to Astana, Ahmed Tomah, said that the Idlib agreement “is proceeding in accordance with what has been established. The region is now safe in every sense of the word.” He called on civilians to live their normal lives and ignore the Assad regime’s threats that it will recapture Idlib province.
Tomah said that efforts to reorganize the Free Syrian Army and incorporate all rebel groups under its umbrella “are in full swing with the aim of protecting the revolution and squashing rumors about surrendering the area.” He urged the rebel groups to abide by the terms of the agreement as he lauded their withdrawal of heavy weapons from the buffer zone without any delay.
Tomah also stressed that the agreement prevented the regime from returning to the region before agreeing on comprehensive political solution under which the regime of tyranny is being eliminated and a transition is being made to a just, democratic system and a civil state in which all Syrians live with freedom and dignity.
Moreover, Tomah pointed out that the time has come to start the establishment of a civil administration that will be tasked with serving civilians and providing them with a stable living, good education and a distinctive healthcare as well as good infrastructure. He pointed out that this will make the region an example to be followed and will prove to the world that Syrians are capable of making miracles and advancing their society once they regain their freedom. “
Tomah thanked Turkey and its people “who stood by their Syrian brethren in times of hardship. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)