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Astana Talks Could Help Build Russia-Iran-Turkey-Syria Security System

© AFP 2021 / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVRepresentatives of the Syria regime and rebel groups along with other attendees take part in the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP
Representatives of the Syria regime and rebel groups along with other attendees take part in the first session of Syria peace talks at Astana's Rixos President Hotel on January 23, 2017. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP - Sputnik International
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Astana talks on Syrian settlement could become a starting point for setting up a new regional security system potentially comprising Russia, Iran, Turkey and Syria to counter terrorism and prevent new regional conflicts, spokesman of the Damascus Platform opposition group Tarek Ahmad told Sputnik.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The spokesman's statement comes after a meeting between the Syrian government's and opposition factions' representatives in Astana on January 23-24 for settlement talks brokered by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran. The negotiations follow a ceasefire in the crisis-torn country endorsed by the UN Security Council on December 31, 2016.

"Astana, in my view, is a platform to help Erdogan to change his ways and means in regard to the Syrian crisis that will allow Turkey to work together with Russia, Iran and the Syrian government on forming a so-called regional security system. This system is needed to fight terrorism and to prevent future regional conflicts. Astana could be the first stage to build such regional security system," Ahmad, who is also a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP), said.

A picture taken on January 22, 2017 shows a man walking in downtown Astana, with the Baiterek monument seen in the background - Sputnik International
Syrian Armed Opposition Saw No Final Declaration on Astana Talks
The Syrian opposition figure informed Sputnik that members of the Damascus Platform were visiting Moscow where on Monday they held talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

The Astana talks on Syria wrapped up on Tuesday. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said earlier in the day that the talks in the Kazakh capital helped create conditions for a new round of Syria peace talks set to take place in Geneva in February.

The UN envoy also noted that there still was no deadline to implement an agreement on the creation of a mechanism to monitor ceasefire in Syria where the civil war has been raging since 2011.

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