2 Aug 2019 12:39

Russia, Iran, Turkey to resist separatist attempts at undermining Syria's sovereignty

NUR-SULTAN. Aug 2 (Interfax) - The Syria ceasefire guarantor countries (Iran, Russia, and Turkey) believe that stabilization in northeastern Syria can be achieved exclusively on the basis of respect for Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the sides said in a joint statement at the end of the 13th round of Syria talks in the Astana format.

"We have discussed the situation in northeastern Syria and have noted that lasting stability and security in that area is possible only on the basis of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country," Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations and head of the government delegation to the Nur-Sultan talks Bashar al-Jaafari said, reading out the joint statement.

The sides "condemned any attempts to create new realities 'on the ground', including illegal self-government initiatives, under the pretext of fighting terrorism," al-Jaafari said.

The guarantor countries "expressed their determination to counter separatist plans aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and endangering the national security of its neighbors," the statement said.