Report: Syrian government, armed groups discuss political deal in Homs

Syrian rebels evacuation of Old City of Homs
Syrian army forces stand at the entrance of the old city of Homs, Syria, May 2014. Photo: EPA/STR

Al-Masdar News reports:

Sources close to Al-Masdar News have revealed an upcoming meeting between the Syrian Government and the armed opposition inside the provincial capital of the Homs Governorate that is geared to discuss the final political settlement for the city.

According to a private source in the provincial capital of Homs, the Governor of Homs – Talal Al-Barazi – will meet with the leaders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their associates from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” on Tuesday, December 1st, in order to finalize a political deal to secure the exit of the aforementioned Islamist groups from the Al-Wa’er District.

The time and place of this meeting taking place tomorrow could not be confirmed; however, the source added that the Syrian Government’s reconciliation committees have worked vigorously to implement a permanent ceasefire agreement in order to end the hostilities in the Al-Wa’er District, so that the displaced civilians can return to their homes.

If the negotiations are successful tomorrow, the Syrian Armed Forces will be officially in full control of Homs City; this will also mean the end of the armed rebellion inside the provincial capital for the Syrian Opposition.

Despite the disapproval of several Islamist groups, the fighters from Free Syrian Army that entrenched inside the Al-Wa’er District are asking to be transported from Homs City to the Al-Rastan Plains; this proposition will likely be accepted by the Syrian Government.

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