Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Astana session on Syria postponed, will be held on February 16

Astana session on Syria postponed, will be held on February 16

Kazakhstan said Tuesday that a new round of Astana talks on the Syria conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran will take place behind closed doors, as the make-up of any rebel delegation remained unclear. The ministry did not give a reason for the delay.

A subsequent statement from the foreign ministry said the talks would begin at 0600 GMT on Thursday.

The worldwide meeting began on January 23 with the participation of a number of delegations, including armed opposition, Damascus, Russia, Iran, and Turkey.

The Astana talks are to be followed by a new round of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva on February 20.

"A second worldwide meeting on Syria is due in Astana these days", Zakharova said.

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Jordan will also be represented by a "high level delegation", government spokesman Mohamed Momani said.

Delegates from the Syrian government and the armed opposition have confirmed today their presence in the second round of talks in this capital to finding negotiated solution to the conflict.

They follow a meeting in Astana last month that ended without a breakthrough in the almost six-year conflict, in which more than 310,000 people have died.

Russian Federation and Iran, close allies of President Bashar Assad, and Turkey, which backs the rebels, previously pledged to enforce the cease-fire, but both sides have alleged repeated violations.

The meeting focused on the latest developments in Syria and arrangements made to continue ceasefire in the war-hit country and to hold the second round of Astana talks. At a previous meeting in Astana in January, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to serve as the monitors for the cease-fire.

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