Oct 1, 2018, 6:01 PM
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EU countries willing to disarm terrorists in Syria: Sputnik

Tehran, Oct 1, IRNA – A UN official said that many EU countries are willing to invest in a disarmament program of militant warring sides in Syria, according to a Russian news website.

Many European Union countries are eager to contribute to the disarmament of militants as well as easing the return of Syrian refugees, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations Alexander Zuev told the Sputnik.

'[Disarming of militants] is profitable to donor nations [EU member states] from all points of view,' he said.

Describing the militants active in Syria as 'threat to security', Zuev also emphasized that it is to the EU countries' benefit to make the investment in order not to have to look for the militants in their own countries.

'Our department is now engaged only in the mine clearance operations in Syria and the relevant agreement was signed on July 4 with the government of the Syrian Arab Republic, and this was the first official agreement between the United Nations and Syria,' Zuev added.

He said the process of disarmament requires the official request of Syrian government from the UN.

There have been many reports with various numbers of foreign militants who have fought for opposition or extremist groups in Syria.

Security experts have long expressed concern that the 5,000 or so European militants might return to their home countries after losing the battle in Syria or Iraq.

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