Published: Thu, January 26, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

"Russia, Iran and Turkey Agree to Support 'Fragile" Syria Truce

The Syrian opposition was dissatisfied with the communique and issued its own plan for monitoring cease-fire violations, while Damascus representatives said they would not hold government-level talks with Turkey or sign any document signed by a Turkish official. The Russian president stressed that participants of the Astana talks have noted that the crisis in Syria can not be resolved by military means.

The Kremlin today said the talks on the Syrian crisis in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, were successful and will contribute to resuming the Geneva negotiation process. As guarantor countries, Russia, Iran and Turkey issued a joint statement at the end of the talks announcing the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to support the ceasefire in Syria.

Putin has expressed his gratitude to King Abdullah II of Jordan for supporting the negotiation process on Syria in Astana.

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The talks on Syria were held in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on January 23-24, during which Russia, Iran and Turkey, as guarantors of the Syrian truce, made a decision to establish a trilateral mechanism to monitor the ceasefire in Syria.

Iran, Turkey and Russian Federation also reiterated their determination to fight against Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, and to separate them from the armed opposition groups.

Russian military experts in Astana also started work on separating armed opposition groups from terrorist organizations. Meanwhile, the Government, which now holds the upper hand since recapturing Aleppo in December, is seeking a political solution to end the civil war that has raged for six years.

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