The first day of the 16th round of talks on Syria in the Astana format ended in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan.
Delegations of the guarantor countries (Turkey, Russia and Iran) held bilateral and trilateral technical consultations, which began at 07.00 Moscow time and ended in the evening.
In addition, meetings were held with representatives of the Syrian regime and the armed opposition.
The Turkish delegation first met with the UN Special Representative for Syria Geir Pedersen, then separately with the delegations of Russia and Iran.
Speaking to reporters following the results of the first day of negotiations, Pedersen noted that he had exchanged views with the delegations of the guarantor countries regarding the 6th meeting of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva. He noted that in order to resume the work of the committee, it is necessary to ensure a stable negotiation process between the parties concerned.
At the end of the main discussion session, which will take place tomorrow at 11.00 (Turkish time), a joint final declaration is expected to be made public.
The Turkish delegation is headed by the head of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Syria, Selcuk Unal.
Russia is represented by the Russian president’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, and the Iranian delegation is headed by Ali Asghar Haji, adviser to the foreign minister on political issues.
The delegation of the Syrian regime is led by Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman Susan.
Representatives of the armed moderate opposition are participating in the negotiations led by Ahmet Tuna.
The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen is also taking part in the discussions.
Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon are represented at the observer level.
The discussions will last for two days.
The main agenda of the meetings is the current situation in Syria, humanitarian assistance, the resumption of the work of the Constitutional Committee on Syria in Geneva, as well as confidence-building measures, including the exchange of prisoners and hostages, and the search for missing persons.
Meetings on Syria in the Astana format have been held since 2017. The 15th such meeting was held in Sochi on February 16-17 this year.
As a result, the guarantor countries of the Astana process, in a joint statement, reaffirmed their commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and agreed to jointly fight terrorism on the territory of the Arab republic.
The war in Syria began in March 2011, when peaceful protests escalated into armed conflict after the military opened fire on demonstrators. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), during the years of the conflict in Syria, 6.6 million people became internally displaced persons and 5.6 million refugees.
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