Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (March 22, 2016)
General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides
In the course of last 24 hours, negotiations with representatives of five towns and administration of regions in the Damascus and Homs provinces have been held. Issues concerning joining the ceasefire regime and returning to peaceful life by members of opposition armed formations have been discussed.
Negotiations with commanders of two armed formations active in Aleppo are continued. The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 43.
Preliminary truce agreements with representatives of 2 towns of the Hama province have been achieved.
Consultations with leaders of two opposition political parties of Syria have been held. Problems of the peacemaking process and ways of their solving have been discussed.
Results of ceasefire monitoring
In general, the ceasefire regime in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic has been observed.
In the course of last 24 hours, 6 ceasefire violations have been registered (Latakia – 5, Hama –1).
In the Latakia province, unidentified armed formations carried out mortar shelling against Qarajabez and Kermel from Shamruran.
Moreover, militants of Ahrar al-Sham formation, which puts itself to the opposition ones, performed a mortar attack against the Syrian Army positions near Ard al-Wata and Roisit Risho.
Supported by 5 tanks militants of Katib al-Farukh took efforts to carry out offensive on positions of the government troops near Ramliyah and Tell Derra from Izedin and Aidum (Hama province). Units of the Syrian Armed Forces had to engage detected targets.
Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria
Operational group of the Russian Centre for reconciliation in cooperation with representatives of the al-Ganto administration (Homs province) was monitoring infrastructure restore process of inhabited areas. Restoring is complicated by absence of qualified specialists in electricity and water supply systems. The province administration was informed about the monitoring results.
Working session with authorities of four towns of the Hama province on providing humanitarian aid has been held. Representatives of the Syrian party denoted the importance of the session for returning of peaceful citizens to the inhabited areas.
The session participants expressed their gratitude to representatives of the Russian Centre for delivering humanitarian aid to Kafr Nan on March 20, 2016. Northern suburbs of Kafr Nan are the forward edge of battle area with Ahrar al-Sham.
It was noted that not a single humanitarian organization had delivered humanitarian aid to Kafr Nan citizens despite the distressful situation.
While delivering humanitarian aid to Harasta (Damascus province) and Kafr Nan (Hama province) the Russian humanitarian convoys were attacked by militants. Officers of the Russian Centre and representatives of the Syrian side involved in the humanitarian events were not injured.
Specialists of the Russian Centre for reconciliation have started forming another humanitarian convoy to inhabited areas of the Hama province. The convoy is to leave soon.
Leadership of the Russian Centre for reconciliation (Hmeymim airbase) and the American Coordination Centre (Amman) held another teleconference session. The American party received information about ceasefire violations, which had been registered days before in the Aleppo and Latakia provinces. Troubling issues of ceasefire monitoring and ways of their solving have been discussed.
The Russian Centre for reconciliation has received information from citizens of the Idlib province about arrival of 100-man strong two armed groupings of Jabhat al-Nusra in Binnish. The militants told the citizens about their soon departure for Aleppo to conduct warfare against the government troops.