Proposed National Reconciliation Center for Syria May Take Shape of Forum

© AP Photo / Sergei GritsAstana, Kazakhstan
Astana, Kazakhstan - Sputnik International
The idea of establishing the National Reconciliation Center for Syria is on the agenda of Astana talks, but it may end up in convening a forum or a conference rather than creating a center, a source at the Astana talks on Syria told Sputnik Tuesday.

ASTANA (Sputnik) — On June 30, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the fifth international meeting on Syria in Astana will address, among other issues, the formation of a Syrian national reconciliation committee.

"They are more talking about a forum or a conference, not really a center. But the idea itself hasn't been developed yet. It will be discussed for sure, and it's good that they are discussing it. Because this is the next phase of the ceasefire. Ceasefire is generally holding for two months now, so they have to start thinking of what is next," the source said.

Participants of Syria peace talks attend a meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan January 23, 2017. - Sputnik International
Fifth International Meeting of Syrian Crisis Settlement Kicks Off in Astana
The fifth international meeting on Syria in Astana takes place on July 4-5, and brings together the delegations from the three guarantor states — Russia, Iran and Turkey — as well as the Syrian sides and the United Nations teams. Jordan and the United States act as observers.

The latest meeting was a breakthrough, as the three ceasefire guarantor states signed a memorandum on the establishment of four de-escalation zones in Syria.

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