Representatives of the Syrian government and opposition factions meet in Astana for talks brokered by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran, following a ceasefire in the crisis-torn country endorsed by the UN Security Council on December 31, 2016.
Washington has welcomed the memorandum on creating four safe zones in Syria, the Russian foreign minister said.
The armed Syrian opposition must comply with the latest arrangement on de-escalation zones, Russian Deputy Foreign Minsiter Mikhail Bogdanov said Friday.
The United States appreciates efforts by Russia and Turkey to reach an agreement for de-escalation zones in Syria, the US Department of State said in a statement on Thursday.
The three ceasefire guarantor states, namely Russia, Turkey and Iran, have adopted the memorandum on creation of four zones of de-escalation of tensions in Syria on the second day of the latest round of talks on Syrian settlement in Astana.
Russia is ready to send its observers to the safe zones in Syria and does not rule out other countries taking part in implementation of de-escalation, but only if all guarantor states agree to this, Russian delegation head at Astana talks and Special Presidential Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said Thursday.
The warring parties in the Syrian conflict will not be able to use any weapons in the zones of de-escalation in Syria, as well as will not be able to conduct airstrikes, the memorandum signed by ceasefire guarantor states in Astana reads.
Bashar Jaafari, the head of the Syrian government delegation to the Astana talks, welcomed the signing of the memorandum on four safe zones in the country, expressing hope for swift implementation.
The memorandum on four de-escalation zones in Syria may lead to crucial changes in the country given its successful implementation, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari said Thursday.
The three ceasefire guarantor states, namely Russia, Turkey and Iran, have discussed the creation of zones of de-escalation of tensions in Syria on the first day of the newest round of talks on Syrian settlement in Astana.
Syria's armed opposition tried to undermine peace talks in Astana by groundlessly accusing Russia of attacking moderate opposition, Russia's special presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said Wednesday.
On May 3-4, Kazakhstan's capital of Astana is hosting the fourth round of talks on Syrian reconciliation, brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran, which are the guarantor states to the Syrian ceasefire.
The delegation of the armed Syrian opposition in Astana views the possible creation of zones of de-escalation of tensions in Syria as a temporary measure and not a substitute for the political process, the opposition delegation said in its address to the ceasefire guarantor states, seen by Sputnik.
The fourth round of Syrian reconciliation talks in Astana will start through bilateral meetings behind the scenes, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
Syrian armed opposition delegation led by Mohamed Alloush arrived on Tuesday to Astana to participate in Syrian settlement talks, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Anuar Zhainakov told Sputnik.
Head of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry press service Anuar Janakova said that the delegation of the Syrian armed opposition has confirmed its participation in Astana talks on Syria settlement, and it will be headed by leader of Jaysh al-Islam group Mohamed Alloush.
Kazakhstan called on the United States to participate as an observer in the next round of Astana talks on settlement of the Syrian conflict, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
Syria's armed opposition group is going to take part in the next round of Astana talks on May 3-4, a source in the opposition delegation told Sputnik on Sunday.
The leader of the Astana political platform of Syrian opposition, Randa Kassis, seeks to engage P5 states – Russia, France, the United States, the United Kingdom and China – in discussions on constitutional change for Syria under the platform’s umbrella, she told Sputnik on Tuesday.
The Kazakh Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it expects all parties to the Syrian conflict to take part in the next round of talks on Syria that will be held in Astana.
Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhamanov said that the preparation of the talks on the Syrian crisis settlement in Astana, set to take place in May, is continuing.
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