Feedback on Astana process
The next Geneva talks on Syrian conflict are scheduled for the end of February. The parties will further discuss the agreements reached in Kazakhstan. Foreign analysts say that the Astana process boosted negotiations on Syrian settlement. Russia's special presidential envoy on Syria settlement, Alexander Lavrentiev commented on its results.
ALEXANDER LAVRENTIEV, RUSSIA'S SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL ENVOY ON SYRIA SETTLEMENT:
Astana process is a benchmark for next stage Geneva talks, and of course, the Astana Process has its own dimension. Firstly, it is the military dimension, because nearly 15 opposition troops signed the 29th January agreement.
According to the expert from Kiev, Oksana Parhomenko-Kucevil, the outcome of Syria negotiations is important not only for the country itself but for the entire world.
OKSANA PARHOMENKO-KUCEVIL, DOCTOR OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION:
Kazakhstan that volunteered in the Syrian settlement is, in fact, a neutral and peaceful country. This particular country offered its platform for a number of negotiations to settle diplomatic relations.
The famous Chinese magazine Caijing has published an article about the Astana Process. Its author says that Kazakhstan accomplished the tasks set, making a considerable contribution to peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict. The article notes Nursultan Nazarbayev eased the odds between Russia and Turkey that later patronized Astana negotiations.
HAU ZHOU, JOURNALIST, CHINA:
I believe that Syrian peace talks in Astana will bring positive results. We can say that the words "Kazakhstan" and "peace" have become almost synonymous. Kazakhstan is a state which, while maintaining peace at home, urges all countries to keep peace and harmony, a country that has declared it firmly.