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    The participants of the second round of the Syrian opposition conference in Astana have called on the Russian authorities to assist in the opening of humanitarian corridors in Syria.

    ASTANA (Sputnik) — The Astana-2 conference on Syria took place on October 2-4. Members of the Syrian opposition signed a final declaration earlier on Sunday after two-day talks on the transition of power in their home country, the parliamentary elections scheduled for 2016, the fight against terrorism and the long-standing civil war in the country.

    "We are appealing to the government of the Russian Federation with a request to interfere in order to ease burden of civilian population living in a number of districts not under control of the Syrian government. This [is necessary] for opening safe humanitarian corridors and an urgent delivery of basic humanitarian aid to these people, including food and medicines," the Astana-2 members said in a joint appeal obtained by RIA Novosti.

    During the first round of Astana talks in May, Syrian opposition groups signed off on a final document calling for the withdrawal of all foreign mercenaries from Syria and stressing the necessity to form a unified front to counter terrorism.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011. Forces loyal to the President Bashar Assad have been fighting opposition and numerous extremist militant groups, including Islamic State and Nusra Front.

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