Alloush: Iran-backed, Kurdish militias shall be on terror lists
Orient Net 2017-01-23 09:45:00
The head of opposition’s delegation in Astana talks, Muhammad Alloush during the opening session, which Assad regime and opposition delegation attended, demanded exerting international efforts to send all Iran-backed terrorists out of Syria.
In a speech he gave on Monday addressing the meeting, Alloush demanded listing the Iran-backed militias and the Kurdish units on the list of the designated terrorist groups.
He also stressed that Syria was not and will not be a hotbed for terrorism, pointing out that the Free Syrian Army sacrificed numerous lives in fighting terrorism.
“We came here to consolidate the ceasefire as a first phase in this process,” Alloush said. “We will not move to the next phase unless this takes effect on the ground,” he added.
The head of opposition’s delegation demanded freezing military operations across Syria and implementing all UN resolutions.
“The political process starts with the departure of Bashar Assad and his junta, and with driving all Iran-backed foreign militias,” Alloush also said.
The Syrian people have the right to choose their fate and participate in drafting the constitution, and choosing its own president without being coerced to be ruled by someone who perpetrated massacres against it, displaced it, and destroyed it country.
Earlier on Monday, opposition refused to negotiate directly with the regime in the first session of peace talks, according to Orient News correspondent Ammar Ezz. The delegation of the Syrian opposition refused also listing Iran as a guarantor country to the ceasefire in the talks’ final communique.