Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron took part in the four-way summit for Syria held in Istanbul. Based on the results of the talks, the leaders issued a joint statement, which reads about the support of the political process in Syria assisted by the UN. The corresponding statement was published on the website of the Kremlin.
‘We considered the last developments connected with the conflict in Syria and expressed general concern over the threats and risks emanating from it for both regional and global security and stability;
Reaffirmed their strong attachment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as the purposes and principles of the UN Charter;
We stressed our firm belief that the Syrian conflict does not have a political decision and can be resolved during the negotiation politic process in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 2254,’ reads the message.
Russia, Turkey, Germany, and France affirmed their determination to fight the terrorism in Syria until the complete elimination of ISIL, Al-Nusra Front, and all other individuals, groups, enterprises, and organizations linked to Al-Qaeda or ISIL, and other terrorist groups recognized as such by the UN Security Council.
In addition, the participants of the negotiations stated on nonacceptance of separatist plans aimed at undermining the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Syria, as well as the national security of the neighbor countries.
Moscow, Ankara, Berlin and Paris stated on their support of the political process facilitated by the UN and urged the conflict sides to actively participate in it. The sides pointed out the need for holding a constitutional reform, setting the stage for free and fair elections under the supervision of the UN. Also, they expressed support to the efforts on the release of detainees/hostage; the return of the bodies of the dead and search for missing persons; stressed the need to provide humanitarian organizations with fast, safe and unhindered access throughout Syria.