The UN Security Council members have positively evaluated the results of the Astana Process. The UN Permanent Representative Koro Bessho noted that inter-Syrian negotiations in the capital of Kazakhstan became an important step in the conflict settlement and ceasefire. His Swedish colleague Olof Skoog announced that the Astana Process has given truce guarantors an opportunity to agree on de-escalation of the Syrian conflict. Former UN chairmen of Italy, Bolivia and Uruguay welcomed the results of the Astana Talks noting that Astana and Geneva negotiation platforms supplement each other. As UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said, the crime rate has dropped in Syria after the adoption of the agreement on creation of security zones. Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed on that at Astana talks on May 4. The tripartite agreement envisages the creation of four extensive "security zones" - in the province of Idlib, north of Homs, in the suburbs of Damascus in Eastern Guta and in the south of the republic.

 

STAFFAN DE MISTURA, UN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SYRIA:

 - There are of course major gaps to deal, I’m not denying it, between the parties. But we have also seen a deepening of the process across the baskets and a greater understanding of what is required.

 

According to British experts, Kazakhstan is effectively performing a role of a non-permanent member of UN Security Council and making a considerable contribution into Syria settlement.

 

FRANCIS FITZERBERT-BROKHOLS, UK EXPERT:

 - The president had it as a major ambition for Kazakhstan to get into the UN Security Council and I think this is one of the, you know, Kazakhstan is taking advantage of that position to be able to be seen as an organizer of these talks. I don’t know how successful they are going to be because we’ve seen how difficult the Syrian conflict is to resolve. 

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