Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Russian Federation threatens to eliminate Syria opposition who refuse to flee to Idlib

Turkey sets up 11th observation point in Syria's Idlib Ninth Round Of Syria Peace Talks Under Way In Astana
Ellis Copeland | 16 May, 2018, 23:28

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 delegation of the Syrian opposition consisting of 24 people has arrived in Astana early this morning headed by Ahmad Toma", Zhainakov confirmed ahead of the Government session on Tuesday.

The three states act as the guarantors of the truce.

"We regret this and believe the path to political settlement can only be found at the negotiating table, not in efforts and scenarios worked out behind the back of the Syrian government and the global community", he said, without elaborating.

"No one doubts the usefulness of Astana platform to achieve greater stability in Syria except the USA and its allies, and therefore its absence will not affect the talks, " he added.

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The preparatory meeting was attended by Hossein Jaberi Ansari, a senior assistant to Iran's Foreign Minister in Political Affairs; Alexander Lavrentiev, the Russian President's Special Envoy on Syria; and Sedat Onal, the Deputy Undersecretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

The Iranian and Russian delegations have also held meetings with Syrian top negotiator Bashar Jaafari.

During the eighth round of peace talks aimed at ending the Syria conflict on December 21-22, 2017, the delegations agreed on the release of detainees and clearing mines in historical sites in the country.

After the talks, Zarif praised the "excellent cooperation" between Moscow and Tehran and said Lavrov had promised him to "defend and keep the agreement" in comments reported by the Iranian ISNA news agency.

Since negotiations on Syria in Astana began at the beginning of past year, they have mostly focused on attempts to keep Syrian regime forces and their rebel opponents at arm's length.

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