Russia and Turkey give more time for Idlib deal in Syria - UN

File photo of Jan Egeland, UN humanitarian adviser (left), meets with Syrian refugees at a camp in the town of Marej in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. (AP)

Russia and Turkey plan to give more time for the implementation of their de-escalation deal in the Syrian province of Idlib, a “great relief” for an area of 3 million civilians, UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland told reporters on Thursday.

Speaking after a regular Syria humanitarian meeting in Geneva, he also said Russia told the meeting that Syria had withdrawn its controversial Law 10, which allowed expropriation of land and property from refugees.

A Russian diplomat told the meeting that any reference to the law being in effect was a mistake, Egeland said.

Egeland said there will be a new team when UN envoy De Mistura leaves in November, Egeland says he will also leave at the end of November.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53