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.
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.
The Astana negotiating platform could be used to settle not only military, but political issues in Syria, chairman of the Russian lower house of parliament's international affairs committee Leonid Slutsky said Tuesday.
Those who pushed the Syrian armed opposition to boycott the Astana talks probably wanted to undermine the reconciliation process, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson said.
The decision of the Free Syrian Army not to send its representatives to the talks on Syria in Astana is final, Ahmed Berri, the Chief of Staff of the Free Syrian Army told Sputnik.
The head of Damascus delegation Bashar Jaafari blamed Turkey as one of the ceasefire guarantor state for the absence of the armed opposition at the third round of Astana talks on Syria.
Russia is counting on the Syrian armed opposition's help in providing information on maps locating terrorist positions, the head of Russia's delegation to the Astana talks said Wednesday.
Osama Abu Zeid, a spokesman of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) delegation at the Syria talks in Astana, may continue his work in this capacity despite saying he would step down, Ahmed Berri, the chief of staff of FSA, told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Russia, Iran and Turkey initiated a discussion in Astana on international assistance on demining the Syrian city of Palmyra, the countries said in a joint statement as guarantors.
The role of Astana talks is growing as the Geneva format demonstrates the incapacity, Russian Senator Oleg Morozov said Wednesday.
The representative of the Free Syrian Army's delegation to the Astana talks announced his resignation on Wednesday on personal grounds.
Representatives of the Syrian armed opposition will meet with the experts from the Syrian ceasefire guarantor states on the sidelines of the Astaba Syria peace talks, Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Anuar Zhainakov said on Wednesday.
Consultations on Syria in Astana have entered the second day with the arrivals of the Russian and Iranian delegations to the talks venue, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Wednesday.
The main topic of the second day of the Astana talks on Syria will become the separation of positions of terrorists and moderate opposition in the country, head of Damascus delegation to the talks Bashar Jaafari told Sputnik.
Russia, Iran and Turkey are holding trilateral consultations in course of the talks on Syria in Astana, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
The participants of the ongoing round of talks on Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana are preparing for adoption a document on international cooperation in demining the historic city of Palmyra, which does not require participation of the opposition, a source in the Russian delegation told Sputnik.
Russia regrets that the Syrian armed opposition delegation decided to not take part in the ongoing talks in Astana on the situation in the country, head of the Russian delegation Alexander Lavrentyev said Tuesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the Syrian armed opposition’s today refusal to attend the Astana talks.
Russia had been aware of challenges to the Syrian talks in Astana since their inception, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday, adding the negotiating process was not made easier by emerging differences between the parties.
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