Negotiators to create safe zones in northern Syria - UPI.com
UPI reports: "Diplomats from Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria agreed Thursday to create
four 'de-escalation' zones in war-torn Syria, though forces opposed to
President Bashar al-Assad walked out on the deal.
The proposal was put forth by the Russians and agreed to by Turkish
leaders who are acting as a guarantor for a coalition of forces opposed
to the Assad regime. The Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran,
agreed to the deal Thursday, but members of the opposition delegation
walked out on the talks rather than sign their agreement [...] Creating
cease-fire zones that confine opposition forces to territory already
under their control could give the Assad government an advantage in
fighting in other parts of the country, they said."
Comment: It's a nice idea that sounds like it might allow some humanitarian assistance to get into the country, but it's the kind of thing that will easily fracture and fall apart given the number of warring factions.