De Mistura: ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra pose biggest threat to cessation of hostilities agreement

Roma, SANA-UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura considered that the biggest threat facing the cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria is represented by ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations which are not involved in the agreement, warning of the danger of the collapse of the agreement as a result of the terrorists’ acts and some occasional breaches.

In an interview with Repubblica Italian newspaper, de Mistura affirmed that the occasional incidents and misunderstandings also represent a threat to the agreement.
He said that it is not acceptable to be talking about a cessation of hostilities agreement that serves the interests of one Syrian party over another.

De Mistura dismissed as mistaken the logic maintaining that the Syrian Arab Army will take advantage of cessation of hostilities agreement, adding that applying the same logic, one can say that the agreement opens the same possibility to what he called “opposition fighters” as it might serve as “as a dose of air before the resumption of fighting”.

He described the situation in Syria as “very complicated”, admitting that the settlement cannot progress without incident. “But the way the United Nations is handling this issue is hopeful”, he added.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal

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