Aug 23, 2017, 12:02 PM
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6th Astana Syrian Talks to start next month: Kazakhstan

Moscow, Aug 23, IRNA – The 6th round of Intra-Syrian talks will be held in Astana, the Kazakh capital, in mid-September, announced Kazakh foreign minister on Tuesday.

Kairat Abdrakhmanov said that peace guarantors, i.e. Iran, Russia and Turkey, will determine the agenda and exact time of the upcoming talks in their technical meetings.

Citing Abdrakhmanov, Russisn News Agency Sputnik wrote that the next round of talks will be held in September.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that Iran, Russia and Turkey are trying to resolve the disagreements on the fourth de-escalating zone in Idlib, Syria.

Lavrov added that Egypt is determined to cooperate to politically solve the Syrian issues in the framework of Astana talks. Russia and Egypt urge the dissident Syrian groups to take part in the negotiations as Cairo Group and Moscow Group.

Moscow had earlier announced that Iran, Russia and Turkey, as peace guarantors and Astana Talks sponsors, Syrian Government missions and armed opposition groups taking part in the ceasefire, along with Jordan, the US, and the UN as observers, prepare preliminaries of the 6th round of Astana talks.

Iran, Russia and Turkey are the initiators of the December 30, 2016 ceasefire in Syria. The three countries have also planned the first Astana Talks which were held in the capital city of Kazakhstan on January 23-24, 2017 and was attended by the Syrian government’s representatives as well as dissident groups.

The second round of the Astana talks took place on February 15-16 with the participants agreeing to set up a ceasefire monitoring group assigned by Iran, Russia and Turkey, that would report to the United Nations.

The third meeting involving the Iranian, Russian and Turkish and the UN delegations was held on March 14-15, while the US and Jordan participated as observers.

In the fourth round of talks, the participating countries and warring sides agreed to create four de-escalation zones in Idlib Province, in northern parts of Homs, in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus and in the south of the country.

Halt to all wars, facilitation of humanitarian aids, reconstruction of infrastructure, provision of medical care and return of the refugees were stressed in the agreement.

After the fifth round of talks on July 4, Moscow’s chief negotiator Aleksandr Lavrentev said a basic framework had been “essentially agreed” on in the latest negotiations, but some details “need finalizing.” Ultimately, there was no agreement at the end of the talks.

Some Western and Arab countries, led by the US, caused scores of thousands of extremist terrorists, enjoying advanced weaponry and financial and intelligence support, to enter Syria 6 yers ago, in order to bring down the Syrian government.

The anti-Syrian actions created tens of terrorist groups that resulted in massacre and displacement of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Syrian and Iraq, and also destruction of the two countries, but certain Western and Arab countries keep supporting the armed oppositions and terrorists.

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