Russia’s Lavrov calls for closure of Syria-Turkey border

Published March 1st, 2016 - 02:30 GMT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during the Arab League Forum in Moscow, on February 26, 2016. (AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during the Arab League Forum in Moscow, on February 26, 2016. (AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday called for closure of the Syria-Turkey border to cut off supplies to "terrorists," including via humanitarian convoys,AFP reported.

"Of course, neither in ceasefire agreements, nor in the process of political settlement is there a place for terrorists and extremists," Lavrov said at a meeting with the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

"A very special task is to cut the terrorists' supply from the outside. For this purpose it is important to close the Syrian-Turkish border, since across this border those gangs receive arms, including with humanitarian convoys," Lavrov said.

Just Monday aid workers made the first delivery of food and medical aid to people living in besieged areas since Syria's ceasefire began four days ago. His comments refer to a highway west of Aleppo which is the last main corridor to the Turkish border, some of which is controlled by extremist militant groups, including Daesh.

As Moscow and Washington drafted the UN-sponsored truce deal, the two countries are co-chairing an international body evaluating the state of the ceasefire as it progresses.

The ceasefire deal does not apply to vast areas in Syria controlled by Daesh and al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front. Rebel groups and forces loyal to the Assad government have accused each other of breaching the ceasefire since it began.

The UN aims to relaunch peace negotiations on March 7 if the ceasefire holds and more humanitarian aid is delivered.


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