Salem Zahran, political analyst and the director of the “Media Focal Center”, revealed the details of the Russian initiative to return the Syrian refugees to their country in a safe manner.
"The initiative is based on the voluntary repatriation of 890,000 displaced Syrians from Lebanon, and the Lebanese General Security, led by Major General Abbas Ibrahim, will serve as the operational liaison between the Lebanese and Syrian sides, and all logistical details will be carried out," Zahran told “Sputnik” News agency, “From the return of thousands will be inflated to return hundreds of thousands of Russian momentum”.
He pointed out that the return to Syria will be in two stages, in the first phase in the centers of accommodation within the Syrian territory and close to the Lebanese border, and in the second phase of the safe villages return to their villages and remain in the centers of housing uninhabited townspeople such as Idlib and some towns that are still at risk.
Zahran said that “Russia's ambassador to Beirut, Alexander Zasbekin, would head Lebanon's center”, adding that “there would be 10 more centers spread over 10 countries, including Jordan and Turkey, which would form the arteries of for displaced people living there’s return to Syria”.
He pointed out that "European displaced persons will be returned by two routes, the first route directly from the European airports to Damascus International Airport. Some European countries, including Germany, have begun negotiating with aircraft companies to secure the return of tens of thousands of displaced persons under financial incentives, directly from Berlin airport to Damascus International Airport.
“The second track for the return of the displaced may be through the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq”, adding that “in our own information that the Turkish side seeks to benefit through the Turkish airlines to secure transport lines”.
Zahran said that the period required for the completion of the operation depends on the responsiveness of the Lebanese government and its facilitation and support to the Lebanese general security in its mission, which may need to adapt more elements due to the amount of effort it will put in the next stage.
He explained that "the Russian initiative has full government support, and the Russian delegation intended to visit Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before moving to Amman and Beirut, because the Syrian president is the owner of the final statement and the returning’s keys".