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Briefing by Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria (March 14, 2018)

Peaceful settlement of the conflict and rendering of comprehensive assistance are the main vectors of work in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Representatives of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation carried out a humanitarian action in the settlement of Aiuy, Hama province. People received 500 food sets.

In total, since the Russian Centre for Reconciliation started settlement process, it carried out 2082 humanitarian actions. The total weight of humanitarian cargo delivered amounts to 3,303.4 tons.

As part of the implementation of the decree of the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Syrian authorities continue to work on amnesty for those who evade from military service, including those among refugees and former members of illegal armed groups. As for March 13, 2019, in total 56,803 were granted amnesty.

Social infrastructure is being recovered. As for March 13, 2019, 31,3825 houses, 825 educational facilities and 147 medical centres has been recovered. Besides, 1,018.8km of roads have been repaired.

In order to prevent a humanitarian disaster in the Rukban refugee camp, a humanitarian corridor and the Jleb mobile checkpoint are set up, where also specially formed columns of buses are also sent for the voluntary and unimpeded return of temporarily displaced persons from the al-Tanf area to the places of their permanent residence.

The Syrian government guarantees the security of temporarily displaced persons and a simplified procedure for the restoration of documents. There are also centres for temporary accommodation for refugees.

The refusal of the Command of the US group in al-Tanf zone to guarantee the safe exit of refugees from Rukban camp through the 55-kilometer zone controlled by the US side and to ensure their right to free (without payment) access to places of permanent residence disrupts the implementation of the most important humanitarian operation to save Syrian citizens.

The situation in Rukban camp is aggravated by the criminogenic situation. Refugees are forcibly detained in the camp, subject to arbitrariness by militants gangs supported by the United States.

Despite the ceasefire regime being established throughout the country, there are still cases of ceasefire regime violation by illegal armed formations in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

During the day, the militants attacked the settlements of Safsafa, Djub al-Zur, Abu Ali, Ruaiset-Iskander in Latakia province, Abu Daly, Herbet Abu Hamra, Qurzan, Halfiyah, Salfasa and Al-Suqaylabiyah in Hama province, as well as Aleppo and Balirmun in Aleppo province.

The Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides urges leaders of illegal armed formations operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone to cease hostilities and move towards peaceful settlement of the situation in areas they occupy.

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