SYRIA PEACE TALKS RESUME IN ASTANA
ASTANA, Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces resumed in the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan on Tuesday after a rough first day in which the sides exchanged barbs
but agreed on the need to maintain a ceasefire.
The negotiations – brokered by Russia, which backs Syria’s ruling
regime, and Turkey, which supports certain rebel groups – were
expected to focus on shoring up a fragile countrywide ceasefire to
enable a broader humanitarian effort in Syria.
A member of the opposition delegation, Osama Abu Zeid, told reporters
that the sides were continuing to negotiate ways to reinforce the
ceasefire regime, according to comments carried by the Interfax news
He said he expects more than just words from Russia, which has been
the main military backer of the Syrian government in the country’s
bloody civil war.
UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura was expected to give a press
conference later Tuesday, state news agency Kazinform reported citing
the Kazakh Foreign Ministry.
Abu Zeid told reporters that he thought the talks at the five-star
Rixos hotel in the Kazakh capital could extend to Wednesday.
The negotiations, attended by representatives of Russia, Turkey,
Iran, the US and the UN, have been working towards the potential
singing of a peace agreement, Kazinform reported.
De Mistura, who is expected to host further Syria talks in Geneva
next month, said he was optimistic about progress in Astana,
according to comments carried by Russian state news agency TASS.
“The dialogue is at least moving,” Sanat Kushkumbayev, deputy
director of the state’s Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies,
said in comments carried by Kazinform.
“There is a common saying that a bad peace is better than a good
quarrel. This was the initiative of (Russian and Turkish presidents)
Putin and Erdogan, while (Kazakh President) Nursultan Nazarbayev
supported that initiative,” Kushkumbayev said.
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