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France Urges All Sides to Commit to Turkey-Russia Deal on Syria's Idlib - Paris

© AFP 2023 / Omar haj kadourA picture taken on May 24, 2017 shows a general view of a square in the northern Syrian city of Idlib
A picture taken on May 24, 2017 shows a general view of a square in the northern Syrian city of Idlib - Sputnik International
PARIS (Sputnik) - France stresses the need to respect the deal to create a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib province, reached by Turkey and Russia in Sochi, and calls for the Syrian Constitutional Committee to be launched as soon as possible, the French Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"France calls for all sides, including the regime in Damascus and its allies, to fully comply with the Sochi agreement," the ministry spokesperson told reporters.

Paris also wants to see the Syrian Constitutional Committee, created under the UN auspices, begin working as soon as possible, the spokesperson added.

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The agreement reached by the Russian and Turkish presidents in Sochi in September envisages the establishment of a demilitarized zone in Idlib by October 15. The decision to set up the constitutional committee was made at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, held in Sochi in January.

According to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, the committee, the goal of which will be to facilitate the process of ending the conflict, will comprise representatives of the Syrian government and opposition delegation, as well as a group made up of Syrian experts, members of civil society, tribal leaders, women, and independents.

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