Astana Talks Resume to Consolidate Syria Ceasefire, Unite against Terrorists

تم نشره في Tue 24 January / Jan 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Astana Talks in session - (Sputnik)

MOSCOW/AMMAN — Warring Syrian sides resumed peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, earlier today, Tuesday, mediated by Russia.

The Syrian government and rebels agreed to consolidate a ceasefire and pursue the fight against Daesh (the Arabic acronym for ISIS) and Nusra front militant groups, according to the conference final statement.

The communique, read out by Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov following two days of talks mediated by Russia, Turkey and Iran, said the Geneva platform was the basis for discussion of the Syrian situation between the government and representatives of the armed opposition.

It called for implementation of international resolutions to reach a political solution in Syria.

The communique also stressed Syria's independence, unity and sovereignty, and also voiced support for UN special envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura's mission and for a multi-ethnic Syria where all its people and sects coexist in peace.

It also said Syrian armed groups that were present in Astana should participate in a UN sponsored conference due to be held in Geneva on February 8th.