Monday, February 22, 2016

Joint Statement of the United States & the Russian Federation:Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

 Follow up to: Russian/US Ceasefire Plan to Begin Saturday. Feb.27/16- John Kerry Statement

 US Dept. of State
The United States of America and the Russian Federation, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and seeking to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis with full respect for the fundamental role of the United Nations, are fully determined to provide their strongest support to end the Syrian conflict and establish conditions for a successful Syrian-led political transition process, facilitated by the UN, in order to fully implement the Munich Statement of the ISSG on February 11th, 2016, UN Security Council Resolution 2254, the 2015 Vienna Statements and the 2012 Geneva Communiqué.
In this regard, and in furtherance of the February 11th decisions of the ISSG, the United States and Russia, as co-chairs of the ISSG and ISSG Ceasefire Task Force, announce the adoption on February 22, 2016, of the Terms for a Cessation of Hostilities in Syria attached as an Annex to this statement, and propose that the cessation of hostilities commence at 00:00 (Damascus time) on February 27, 2016. The cessation of hostilities is to be applied to those parties to the Syrian conflict that have indicated their commitment to and acceptance of its terms. Consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the statements of the ISSG, the cessation of hostilities does not apply to “Daesh”, “Jabhat al-Nusra”, or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council.
Any party engaged in military or para-military hostilities in Syria, other than “Daesh”, “Jabhat al-Nusra”, or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council will indicate to the Russian Federation or the United States, as co-chairs of the ISSG, their commitment to and acceptance of the terms for the cessation of hostilities by no later than 12:00 (Damascus time) on February 26, 2016. In order to implement the cessation of hostilities in a manner that promotes stability and protects those parties participating in it, the Russian Federation and the United States are prepared to work together to exchange pertinent information (e.g., aggregated data that delineates territory where groups that have indicated their commitment to and acceptance of the cessation of hostilities are active, and a focal point for each side, in order to ensure effective communication) and develop procedures necessary for preventing parties participating in the cessation of hostilities from being attacked by Russian Armed Forces, the U.S.-led Counter ISIL Coalition, the Armed Forces of the Syrian government and other forces supporting them, and other parties to the cessation of hostilities. Military actions, including airstrikes, of the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Russian Armed Forces, and the U.S.-led Counter ISIL Coalition will continue against ISIL, “Jabhat al-Nusra,” and other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council. The Russian Federation and United States will also work together, and with other members of the Ceasefire Task Force, as appropriate and pursuant to the ISSG decision of February 11, 2016, to delineate the territory held by "Daesh," "Jabhat al-Nusra" and other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council, which are excluded from the cessation of hostilities.
In order to promote the effective implementation of the cessation of hostilities, the ISSG Ceasefire Task Force, co-chaired by the United States and Russia, has been established under UN auspices, including political and military officials from the co-chairs and other Task Force members; the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Syria (OSE) serves as secretariat. The primary functions of the Task Force are, as provided in the ISSG Statement of February 11, to: a) delineate the territory held by “Daesh”, “Jabhat-al-Nusra” and other terrorist organizations designated by the United Nations Security Council; b) ensure communications among all parties to promote compliance and rapidly de-escalate tensions; c) resolve allegations of non-compliance; and d) refer persistent non-compliant behavior by any of the parties to the ISSG Ministers or those designated by the Ministers to determine appropriate action, including the exclusion of such parties from the arrangements of the cessation of hostilities, and the protection it affords them.
The United States and Russia are prepared, in their capacities as co-chairs of the Ceasefire Task Force and in coordination with other members of the ISSG Ceasefire Task Force as appropriate, to develop effective mechanisms to promote and monitor compliance with the ceasefire both by the governmental forces of the Syrian Arab Republic and other forces supporting them, and the armed opposition groups. To achieve this goal and to promote an effective and sustainable cessation of hostilities, the Russian Federation and the United States will establish a communication hotline and, if necessary and appropriate, a working group to exchange relevant information after the cessation of hostilities has gone into effect. In addressing incidents of non-compliance, every effort should be made to promote communications among all parties to restore compliance and rapidly de-escalate tensions, and non-forcible means should be exhausted whenever possible before resorting to use of force. The United States and Russia as co-chairs of ISSG Ceasefire Task Force will develop such further modalities and standard operating procedures as may be necessary to implement these functions.
The United States and the Russian Federation together call upon all Syrian parties, regional states and others in the international community to support the immediate cessation of violence and bloodshed in Syria and to contribute to the swift, effective and successful promotion of the UN-facilitated political transition process in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 2254, the February 11 Statement of the ISSG, the 2015 Vienna statements of the ISSG, and the 2012 Geneva Communiqué.
ANNEX
TERMS FOR CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN SYRIA
The nationwide cessation of hostilities is to apply to any party currently engaged in military or paramilitary hostilities against any other parties other than “Daesh”, “Jabhat al-Nusra”, or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council.
The responsibilities of the Syrian armed opposition are set out in paragraph 1 below. The responsibilities of the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, and all forces supporting or associated with the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic are set out in paragraph 2 below.
1.  To take part in the cessation of hostilities, armed opposition groups will confirm – to the United States of America or the Russian Federation, who will attest such confirmations to one another as co-chairs of the ISSG by no later than 12:00 (Damascus time) on February 26 2016 – their commitment to and acceptance of the following terms:
  • To full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, adopted unanimously on December 18, 2015, ‑ including the readiness to participate in the UN-facilitated political negotiation process;
     
  • To cease attacks with any weapons, including rockets, mortars, and anti-tank guided missiles, against Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, and any associated forces;
     
  • To refrain from acquiring or seeking to acquire territory from other parties to the ceasefire;
     
  • To allow humanitarian agencies, rapid, safe, unhindered and sustained access throughout areas under their operational control and allow immediate humanitarian assistance to reach all people in need;
     
  • To proportionate use of force (i.e., no greater than required to address an immediate threat) if and when responding in self-defense.
2.  The above-mentioned commitments will be observed by such armed opposition groups, provided that the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, and all forces supporting or associated with the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic have confirmed to the Russian Federation as co-chair of the ISSG by no later than 12:00 (Damascus time) on February 26, 2016 their commitment to and acceptance of the following terms:
  • To full implementation of UN Security Resolution 2254, adopted unanimously on December 18, 2015, including the readiness to participate in the UN-facilitated political negotiation process;
     
  • To cease attacks with any weapons, including aerial bombardments by the Air Force of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, against the armed opposition groups (as confirmed to the United States or the Russian Federation by parties to the cessation of hostilities);
     
  • To refrain from acquiring or seeking to acquire territory from other parties to the ceasefire;
     
  • To allow humanitarian agencies, rapid, unhindered and sustained access throughout areas under their operational control and allow immediate humanitarian assistance to reach all people in need;
     
  • To proportionate use of force (i.e., no greater than required to address an immediate threat) if and when responding in self-defense.
The Russian Federation and the United States, as co-chairs of the ISSG and ISSG Ceasefire Task Force, are prepared to work together to ensure effective communications and develop procedures necessary for preventing parties participating in the cessation of hostilities from being attacked by Russian Armed Forces, the U.S.-led Counter ISIL Coalition, the Armed Forces of the Syrian government and other forces supporting them, and other parties to the cessation of hostilities.
All parties further commit to work for the early release of detainees, particularly women and children.
Any party can bring a violation or potential violation of the cessation of hostilities to the attention of the Task Force, either through the OSE or the co-chairs. The OSE and Co-Chairs will establish liaison arrangements with each other and the parties, and inform the public generally about how any party may bring a violation to the attention of the Task Force.
The United States and the Russian Federation as co-chairs confirm that the cessation of hostilities will be monitored in an impartial and transparent manner and with broad media coverage.

13 comments:

  1. So according to this (chapter 2 of the annex), Syria can't take back Syrian land stolen by the CIA's "moderate" terrorists? That's a deal, huh? And the Russians signed this?

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    1. "To refrain from acquiring or seeking to acquire territory from other parties to the ceasefire;"

      Hi Willyloman: It appears as that is the case
      Syria cannot take her stolen land back from either 'moderate terrorists' or YPG terrorists


      That said, I don't think this ceasefire will amount to anything- this type of stuff is rubbish for the crappy history books of the future

      I expect the fighting to continue on

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  2. Hey, and the "moderate" terrorists and the blessed "Freedom Fighters" of the YPG are shelling like crazy since they announced the deal. It's doomed to fail. The Kurds want more land. Did you see where the Israeli mentioned "Syrian Kurdistan" the other day in his Balkinization plan? Now just match that up with Iraqi Kurdistan and the soon to be announced plan for Turkish Kurdistan and what do you got?

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    1. "The Kurds want more land"
      Yup, and they have to take it from their pals in ISIS
      stopped at your blog and read the article- Israel has wanted a Kurdistan aka 2nd Israel for so long now and what Israel wants, Israel gets...

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    2. It's interesting to see the trickle of articles appearing on Kurdistan, finally.
      I checked my earliest mention of the creation of Kurdistan was in 2012
      http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.ca/2012/08/a-new-un-ringmaster-for-syria-iraq.html

      And this post from last year is one of my faves:

      Kurdistan aka “Second Israel”- Ethnic Cleansing the Indigenous of the Middle East

      http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.ca/2015/11/kurdistan-aka-second-israel-ethnic.html

      This is just one reason I find the cheerleading for the YPG/PKK so despicable-

      That and the fact Ocalan is some kind of OWO nut- the stuff he writes

      destroy the family, which the Kurdish militias have done in many Kurdish families- I had an article here about a Kurdish father who set himself on fire to protest the PKK taking his son to fight

      That's a great bunch for sure ;)
      me being facetious

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    3. Willyloman, what is the address of your blog? I would be very interested in visiting and reading.
      As I stated, I am somewhat amazed the Russian Federation has agreed to some of the terms of this "agreement". If it smells fishy it is. If part 2 of the Annex is exactly as it reads there are some things which jump out at me. The U.S. or restrictions upon it are nowhere explicitly mentioned; unless I am missing it. Yet the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation are specifically restricted. If refraining from seeking to acquire territory which implies seeking to reaquire territory previously taken is necessary for compliance, does this agreement not lay the ground work for the balkinization of the Syrian state?

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    4. Charles: Willy's blog is linked in the sidebar at the right- YOu can also get there by clicking on his name next to his comments

      I can't seem to leave a comment there, I suspect it's my browser that won't allow it.. something I have to address

      willy has been the only other blogger beside myself talking about the creation of Kurdistan aka 2nd Israel

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    5. Charles
      "does this agreement not lay the ground work for the balkinization of the Syrian state?"

      Read Putin's statement I just posted it. This agreement, as you have correctly pointed out, does indeed lay the groundwork for the balkanization of Syria- worse then that it sets the tone for Turkey

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  3. I'm learning more about realities on the ground the longer I read and participate here. Thank you.

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  4. Hi guys. I just posted a bunch of links in an article to this site. Did you notice Syrian Kurdistan just opened a new NGO "official office" in Moscow on Feb. 10th? Russia says it's not an embassy "yet"

    I am so disgusted by all of this. I can't even talk about it.

    My email is currently on the front page. If you ever post a comment and it doesn't show up, just email me and let me know. WP sometimes, for stupid reasons, sends comments to moderation and with all the stuff going on, I don't check it enough. So please let me know if it happens again

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  5. I did find you comment, BTW. It's posted.

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  6. https://twitter.com/drpartizan_/status/697366913039650816

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  7. http://www.democraticunderground.com/113315678

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