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Amman centre for south Syria ceasefire control embarks on mission

By JT - Aug 23,2017 - Last updated at Aug 23,2017

Syrians walk carrying their belongings on Tuesday after crossing the Syria-Jordan border near the town of Nasib as they return to their homes following a US-Russia ceasefire brokered in three southern provinces, Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida, earlier in the year (AFP photo by Mohamad Abazeed)

AMMAN — The Amman Centre for Ceasefire Control in southern Syria started its official work on Wednesday with the participation of representatives from Jordan, Russia and the United States, an official announced.

In a statement quoted by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, a spokesperson from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates  said that the three countries agreed to establish the centre within the framework of the ceasefire agreement signed in Amman on July 7 to monitor, stabilise and deepen the ceasefire in southern Syria, as a de-escalation zone  was established in the south of Syria.

According to the arrangements reached in Amman, the ceasefire is taking place along a line of contact agreed upon between Syrian government forces and associated troops on one side and rebels on the other. 

The three parties agreed that the ceasefire aims at permanently de-escalating the tension in southern Syria, ending acts of hostility, restoring stability and allowing free access of humanitarian aid for this key area in Syria, it was announced previously.

The three nations stressed that such arrangements will contribute to the creation of a suitable environment, where a political and permanent solution to the crisis takes place. 

The three countries voiced their commitment to working on a political solution based on Geneva track and UN Security Council resolution 2254, in order to guarantee Syria’s independence and sovereignty.

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