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    U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, left, speaks to head of Syrian opposition delegation Mohammed Alloush, right, prior to talks on Syrian peace at a hotel hall in Astana, Kazakhstan, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

    No Direct Syria Government-Opposition Talks Yet in Astana - Armed Opposition

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    There have been no direct negotiations between the representatives of the Syrian opposition and government delegations at the Astana talks, Mohammed Alloush, the head of the armed opposition delegation to the Astana talks, said Monday.

    ASTANA (Sputnik) — This is the first time, when Damascus and the armed opposition sit together at the negotiating table since the start of the conflict in the Arab country. Kazakh side expects the meeting to last through Tuesday.

    The Syrian armed opposition is ready to travel anywhere in the world to consolidate ceasefire in the country, Alloush said.

    "We are ready to go further to far point [of the world] to save the lives, we also here to implement the UN resolution 2254 and to release women and children prisoners in the regime prisons and we are here also to be sure on the mechanisms of implementing the cessation of hostilities and the ceasefire agreed on the 30th," Alloush, the representative of the Jaysh al-Islam group, told reporters.

    The Syrian armed opposition seeks to achieve security in the country and establish a safe state without tyranny, Mohammed Alloush said.

    We are striving for peace and security in Syria, we want to create a state where a person would be free, a constitutional state where tyranny does not rule."

    The Syrian government and the armed opposition are negotiating behind the closed doors. Damascus delegation is set to speak first, followed by the armed opposition, Russia, Iran, Turkey, the United States and the United Nations.


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