Jaysh al-Azza Takes a Decisive Stance Against the Reconciliation Agreement in Northern Homs

Alexander Falconer | 3 May, 2018

The faction Jaysh al-Azza took a decisive stance on Thursday against the reconciliation agreement reached between Russian forces and the negotiating committee in Homs Governorate.

The faction laid out in a statement its rejection of the agreement, saying: "we extend our hand to all, and call upon all factions and revolutionary bodies in our beloved area to hold on to their land and dignity. We call on them not to let their land go to waste, and to choose steadfastness and resistance - we will not break if we stand as one, but we will if we disperse".

The statement says that, since the beginning of the negotiation process until the present day, the organisation's position has been completely clear, and has been made public in previous statements - that Jaysh al-Azza would not be a party to any negotiation process with the Russians or with the Syrian government. 

It adds: "Our position has been clear and consistent - that Russia is an occupying power, and that the Syrian government is working hand in hand with the enemies of God. Our position has also been clear regarding our resolve to fight the regime and its clients - we will do this until victory, and will not be involved in negotiations".

The statement continues: "Since the formation of the negotiating committee in northern Homs Governorate, the position of Jaysh al-Azza has been to not attend any of the meetings, while informing all revolutionary bodies in military and civilian areas of this beforehand".

In concluding, the statement says that "We did not expect that things would turn in the direction of this agreement. We have always been and will continue to be steadfast on our battlefronts in the face of our enemies".

Meanwhile, the Jaysh al-Tawhid and Rastan Operations Room factions have handed over their heavy weaponry to the government in accordance with the agreement. At the same time, Tahrir al-Sham, the Syria Liberation Front, Faylaq al-Sham, and al-Faylaq al-Rabia have rejected the agreement and insisted on continuing to fight.

Translated By: Alexander Falconer