Another round of talks on ceasefire in Syria has completed in Astana. At the end of the Astana process, Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov announced the joint statement of Iran, Turkey and Russia. It states the decision to establish a tripartite mechanism that should ensure full compliance with the ceasefire and the absence of provocation on the territory of Syria. In addition, the guarantor countries confirm their certainty in the fight against terrorist organizations  the IS and Al-Nusra. They also expressed the need to separate these groups from the armed opposition. In addition, there is an urgent need to start the negotiation process under the UN Security Council Resolution 2254. Besides, Iran, Turkey and Russia highlighted that the international meeting on Syria in Astana has been an effective platform for direct dialogue between the government and the opposition, and expressed gratitude to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and the people of the country for the provided opportunity.

KAIRAT ABDRAKHMANOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

We support the willingness of the armed opposition groups participating in the next round of negotiations to be held between the government and the opposition under the United Nations auspices in Geneva as of February 8, 2017. Urge all members of the international community to support the political process with the view to swiftly implementing all steps they agree on the UN Security Council resolution 2254.

The Syrian government has also expressed its gratitude to Kazakhstan’s people and President Nursultan Nazarbayev for carrying out the Astana Process. For two days the Kazakh capital  was a place for negotiations between the conflicting parties. According to the Head of the Syrian delegation, the fruitful work resulted in adoption of the communiqué by the guarantor countries. As Bashar al-Jaafari, noted the task of Astana was to strengthen the ceasefire.

BASHAR AL-JAAFARI, HEAD OF SYRIAN DELEGATION:

On behalf of my country I want to thank the Kazakh Government for providing all the conditions for fruitful work and for the efforts that have been made. Our main goal is to restore peace for our people.

The UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura also marked the significant contribution of the Astana Process in solving the Syrian crisis. He said that peace in Syria can be achieved only with the help of the political work under the UN auspices and the direct participation of the Syrian people.

STAFFAN DE MISTURA, UN SPECIAL ENVOY:

Might be in providing a remarkable contribution in providing pushing peace in Syria. The President has been clearly personally committed in to making sure that this conference would be successful. Let me also thank the sponsors of the meeting.

Political analysts noted that the choice of Kazakhstan’s capital as the venue of negotiation was a good choice. The Astana Process provided an opportunity to hold initial talks before the Geneva meeting to make it more efficient and leading to concrete measures. Organization of such important meeting is another significant victory of Kazakhstan’s diplomacy, experts say.

TAISIYA MARMONTOVA, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, GUMILYOV EURASIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY:

This is a very big step for Kazakhstan. It really confirms our multi-vector policy, our peacemaker’s position. On January 3, Kazakhstan assumed its duties as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. One of the committees, one of the work areas, where Kazakhstan is entrusted to participate in, is the work on Syria.

ANDREY MAMYKIN, MEMBER OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT:

The main achievement is that the parties gathered in one room, at a lround table. This is a really unique start, and it is possibly correct, given such a fragile truce in Syria, not to talk about politics, about the federalization of Syria, a new Constitution. These are not the processes of the near future. And most likely, they will be discussed in Geneva.

Kazakhstan’s consistent and accurate foreign policy raises confidence in the world. Therefore, political analysts do not rule out that Astana can become a place for the next talks on Syria.

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