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 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.
The escalation of conflict in Syria and toughening of stance of the conflict sides threatens the agreements reached during the peace talks in Astana and Geneva, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
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.