01 November, 2017

Review for 7th round of Syrian peace talks in Astana

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The seventh round of Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana started on October 30.

As Kazakh Foreign Ministry reported, all participants arrived for two days of bilateral and multilateral meetings.

Representatives of the Syrian government and rebel group attended the sessions, and the United States, the United Nations, and Jordan sent their observers.

These talks brokered by Turkey, Iran, and Russia and focused on strengthening the ceasefire that will come into effect on December 30.

It also addressed the release of captives and hostages and humanitarian actions that can be performed across the country.

During the Astana process, Syrian rebel group’s representatives asked President Nazarbayev to participate in the discussion about the release of captives and hostages. It was reported by a member of rebel group Fateh Hasun in the interview to “RIA Novosti”.

Mr. Hasun announced his request to Kazakh vice-minister of foreign affairs. In his turn, Kazakh official assured that words of Syrian rebel group would be passed directly to President Nazarbayev.

After this, Head of the Ministry Kairat Abdrakhmanov held a meeting with the Syrian government and the rebel group. Delegations thanked Kazakhstan for organizing an important event and dialed with agenda on Astana process.

Meeting with President Nazarbayev

On Tuesday evening, President Nazarbayev met with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari, along with the heads of Russian and Turkish delegations, and discussed the future of the talks.

During the meeting, the Kazakh President referred country’s efforts to advance Talks on Syria and expressed that Astana process positively efforts on Geneva talks, reported Akorda’s Press Office.

Then, Iran’s Jaberi Ansari, Russia’s Alexander Lavrentiev and Turkey’s Sedat Önal, as well as representatives from the UN, Jordan and the US as the observer states, expressed their views on the Astana Process and dwelled on the importance of political negotiations.

Jaberi Ansari appreciated Kazakhstan’s positive role in hosting the negotiations and emphasized that the Astana Talks, with the collaboration of the three guarantor states, have produced positive results in the creation of de-escalation zones, and stabilizing the process of effective confrontation with terrorism.

The Iranian diplomat also added that the continuation of this success requires simultaneous attention to all three militaries, security-political and humanitarian dimensions of the Syrian crisis.

At the end of the 7th round of talks, the three guarantor states issued a joint statement whose full text follows:


Joint statement by Iran, Russia, and Turkey

On the International Meeting on Syria in Astana

30-31October 2017

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic:

  • welcoming progress in the implementation of the Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic of 4 May 2017 during the past six months;
  • reaffirming their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic;
  • emphasizing the significant reduction of violence on the ground in Syria as a result of measures taken to strengthen and maintain the ceasefire regime, including launching the de-escalation areas and creating the security zones:
  1. Emphasize progress in the fight against terrorism and elimination of DAESH/ISIL, Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or ISIS as a result of the launch of the de-escalation areas and reaffirm their determination to take all necessary measures to continue the fight against them within and outside the de-escalation areas.
  2. Underline that the Syrian crisis has no military solution and should be solved only through the political process on the basis of the implementation of UNSC resolution 2254 (2015) and call upon the conflicting parties to benefit from the emerging favorable conditions on the ground with a view to stepping up efforts to advance the political process underway in Geneva.
  3. Agree to discuss in consistency with the UN-led Geneva process the Russian Federation`s proposal to convene a Congress of the national dialogue about which the Russian side shared information with the guarantors.
  4. Emphasize the need for the conflicting parties to take confidence‑building measures, including the release of detainees and the handover of the bodies as well as identification of missing persons, to create better conditions for a political process and lasting ceasefire.
  5. Underline the necessity to further increase the international humanitarian aid to Syria, to provide rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need and in this regard remind of the relevant provisions of the Memorandum from May 4, 2017.
  6. Reaffirm their determination to continue implementing the provisions of the Memorandum from May 4, 2017, and other decisions adopted earlier within the framework of the Astana process.
  7. Express their sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, His Excellency Nursultan Nazarbayev and the Kazakh authorities for hosting in Astana the 7th high-level International Meeting on Syria.
  8. Decide to hold the next high-level International Meeting on Syria in Astana in the second half of December 2017.

Conclusion of the seventh round

Thus, the next meeting on Syria peace talks in Astana will be held by the end of 2017.

At the seventh round in Astana, the countries-guarantors of the Syrian resolution agreed to discuss holding the Congress of the national dialogue of the Syria Arab Republic.

"They agree to discuss within the framework of the Geneva process, under the UN, the proposal of the Russian Federation to convoke a national dialogue congress, according to which the Russian side informed the guarantor countries," said Minister Abdrakhmanov.

As The New Arab Media reports, previous rounds of Astana negotiations have ended without major breakthroughs, but they have made more progress than the parallel UN-driven talks on Syria in Geneva.



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