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Syrian FM dismisses idea of international force for Syria safe zones

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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem has dismissed the idea of inviting international forces to patrol the four safe zones that were agreed upon by Russia, Iran, and Turkey – the guarantor-states.

“There will be no presence by any international forces supervised by the United Nations,” al-Moallem said, as cited by AP. “The Russian guarantor has clarified that there will be military police and observation centers,” he added.

The foreign minister also said that Syria is “exerting all possible efforts to prevent foreign interference in its affairs,” as cited by Sana news agency.

The plan for safe zones in Syria that came into force on Saturday includes establishing no-fly zones in four de-escalation areas, all of which consist of both government and rebel-controlled areas.

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