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Another round of Syria peace talks begins in Astana

Another round of Syria peace talks begins in Astana

The ninth round of crisis resolution talks between the Syrian government and armed opposition, mediated by Iran, Russia and Turkey, has come to an end in Astana, building a positive outlook for momentous follow-up negotiations.

The Guarantor States stressed the importance of implementing the De-Escalation Zones Agreement in Syria, which played a pivotal role in maintaining the cessation of hostilities, describing the Agreement as a temporary measure that can not violate the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria. The three states act as the guarantors of the truce.

Russia, Turkey and Iran reached on Tuesday an agreement over steps aimed at pushing forward the political settlement in Syria, while revealing that they will hold a meeting in Sochi, Russia, in July.

Evacuations remain underway from Syria's Homs Yarmouk
Peace talks of Russia, Turkey & Iran begins in Kazakhstan

It is essential to implement agreements on deescalation zones in Syria because they are a main factor in maintaining the ceasefire and reducing violence in the country, said the statement.

Among other things, the statement also reaffirmed the determination of all three governments to eliminate what remains of all terrorist groups, including ISIS and al-Qaeda and related groups from Syria. The meeting was held at the expert level by delegations from the three countries, the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross on the sidelines of Astana Talks. According to Kazakhstan's Kazinform news service, Toma told the plenary session that Astana is the only place where the Syrian opposition wants to hold negotiations and will not go to another venue.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is expected to attend the meeting in the afternoon; Jordan would be observing the talks.





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