As­tana Talks End With Agree­ment On Syria De-Es­ca­la­tion Zones

Iran News - - FRONT PAGE -

AS­TANA (Dis­patches) – Iran, Turkey and Rus­sia Iran have agreed Fri­day on the bor­ders of the de-es­ca­la­tion zones, in­clud­ing the main op­po­si­tion-held re­gion of Idlib, at the Syria peace talks in Kazakh cap­i­tal As­tana.

Turkey, Iran and Rus­sia will send 500 ob­servers each to Idlib to mon­i­tor the de-es­ca­la­tion deal, and the Rus­sian ones will be mil­i­tary po­lice, the Rus­sian ne­go­tia­tor said.

The talks will con­tinue in re­gard to which forces will be de­ployed in Idlib, Turkey’s of­fi­cial Anadolu Agency quoted diplo­matic sources. A joint state­ment said that the zones will be formed for a six-month pe­riod and will be ex­tended if nec­es­sary. The next round of talks will be held in late Oc­to­ber, it added. The three guar­an­tor states, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the As­sad regime and some op­po­si­tion fac­tions, are meet­ing in As­tana for a sixth round of talks aimed at end­ing the six-year con­flict.

The U.N.’s spe­cial en­voy on Syria Staffan de Mis­tura and del­e­gates from Jor­dan and the U.S. are at­tend­ing as ob­servers. Ac­cord­ing to the Kaza­khstan For­eign Min­istry, Qatar is also par­tic­i­pat­ing for the first time as an ob­server.

Turkey, which sup­ports some op­po­si­tion groups, and Rus­sia and Iran, which back Bashar As­sad’s regime, have been hold­ing talks in Kaza­khstan since Jan­uary.

They are seek­ing to im­ple­ment last­ing cease-fires in ar­eas where fight­ing has been heav­i­est be­tween op­po­si­tion forces and pro-As­sad troops.

The par­ties pre­vi­ously agreed to es­tab­lish four de-es­ca­la­tion zones, where in­tense fight­ing is tak­ing place be­tween the op­po­si­tion groups and the As­sad regime, at the As­tana meet­ing held on May 3-4.

Ac­cord­ing to a mem­o­ran­dum signed be­tween the par­ties, the de-es­ca­la­tion zones would in­clude ar­eas in Idlib prov­ince and cer­tain parts of the prov­inces of Latakia, Aleppo and Hama, cer­tain parts of Homs prov­ince, east­ern Ghouta and Damascus as well as cer­tain parts of Deraa and al-Quneitra.

In ad­di­tion to the ces­sa­tion of fight­ing, the de-es­ca­la­tion deals also in­clude end­ing flights and air strikes by the regime or U.S.-led anti-Daesh coali­tion.

At the fifth meet­ing on July 4-5, it was agreed that the par­ties would re­sume work on the bor­ders of the zones.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Iran

© PressReader. All rights reserved.