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Negotiations between Russia and Syrian rebels ends in failure

The rebels were offered to travel with their families to the territories under the control of the opposition in the north-west of the country or to remain and continue to live under the control of the Syrian government
17:37, 1 July 2018

Associated Press

Syrian rebels said that they refused to agree with Russia on a peaceful settlement in south-west Syria. The opposition rejected Moscow's demands to surrender, and the variant proposed by the Russian representatives of the Syrian opposition was called "humiliating." This was reported by their representative, reports DW.com.

According to the insurgents, the Russian side "was not ready to listen" to their demands.

Earlier, on Saturday, negotiators from the Russian Federation offered the insurgents to accept conditions similar to those agreed in the case of the Eastern Guta region, said Ibrahim Jabavi, an employee of the operational center created by the Syrian Free Army. In particular, the insurgents were offered to travel with their families to the territories under the control of the opposition in the north-west of the country or to remain and continue to live under the control of the Syrian government, the report said.

Earlier UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zayed Ra'ad al-Hussein, expressed concern over violations of the rights of civilians in southern Syria and called for an end to taking people hostage. This is stated on the UN website.

"The peace inhabitants in Syria continue to become hostages of various sides of the conflict. I remind everyone that the rules of international law require that the parties to the conflict do their utmost to protect civilians and also provide residents with the opportunity to move safely if they want to leave", noted in the statement of the Commissioner.

"Thousands of civilians have already left their homes, but there is a threat that intensified hostilities will put many civilians at a dead end - between Syrian soldiers and their allies on the one hand, and on the other - the opposition and terrorists from the Islamic state," stressed he.

At the same time, the UN expressed concern over the continuing escalation of tension in the Syrian province of Dar'a.

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