Syrian Armed Opposition Arrives in Astana for 9th Round of Talks

Syrian Armed Opposition Arrives in Astana for 9th Round of Talks

Syrian Armed Opposition Arrives in Astana for 9th Round of Talks

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.

According to sources that attended the meeting but wished to remain anonymous due to media restrictions said the main items on the agenda were de-escalation zones, violations to the cease-fire and the situation of those forced to migrate to northern Syria after being evacuated from East Ghouta and Homs.

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The trio has been mediating the negotiations in the Kazakh capital since January 2017, a month after they joined efforts and brought about an all-Syria ceasefire. At the Ankara summit, the leaders of the three guarantor states reached an agreement to hold the next summit in Tehran.

"Representatives of the Syrian armed opposition have arrived in Astana early this morning", he said.

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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 Turkish delegation is expected to hold a meeting later on Monday with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura regarding the establishment of a constitution committee. Previous rounds of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations over the past five years have failed to achieve tangible results.

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Astana platform's Guarantor States (Russia, Iran and Turkey) affirmed their firm commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and called for the need to avoid all steps that would prejudice these principles and undermine the achievements of Astana process.

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