シリア政府と野党グループを一堂に集める「会議」をカザフスタンで行う: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年11月01日

シリア政府と野党グループを一堂に集める「会議」をカザフスタンで行う

Astana Talks Statement: Ceasefire Guarantors Agree to Plan for Syria 'Congress'
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia, Turkey and Iran pledged in Kazakhstan to bring the Syrian government and opposition groups together for a "congress" to help nudge peace efforts towards a more lasting political settlement.

A joint statement released by Russia, Iran, and Turkey in the aftermath of talks in Kazakhstan's capital city of Asatna, referred to an "initiative of Russia" to put Syrian government representatives and opposition groups face-to-face, Sun Daily reported.

A statement published on the Russian foreign ministry website listed 33 Syrian organizations invited to a "Congress of Syrian National Dialogue" in the Russian city of Sochi on Nov 18.

Russia's chief negotiator for Syria, Aleksandr Lavrentyev, urged opposition groups to "participate and present their positions" in the meeting that he said would touch on constitutional reform.

But Lavrentyev could not confirm that the United Nations and its Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura would take part in the Sochi meeting, despite continuing negotiations.

"We want to emphasize that this event should be part of the international community's efforts to find effective mechanisms for political settlement," Lavrentyev said.

But representatives of the Syrian opposition in Astana cast doubt on the plan.

The Astana talks have run parallel to negotiations taking place in Geneva with the backing of the United Nations, and the congress plan appears to be Moscow's attempt to force the pace in a bid for a political settlement.

Speaking Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov credited the Astana negotiations with waking up a "dozing" Geneva process.

Nevertheless, Lavrov said there had been a recent "slowing in the efforts made as part of the Geneva process."

"We believe it is necessary not to hesitate but rather to seize the initiative," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Tehran on Wednesday for talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Kremlin has confirmed.

Recent rounds of talks in Kazakhstan have focused on ironing out the details of a Russia-led plan establishing four "de-escalation" zones in Syria.

The plan was first tabled in Astana in May to minimize fighting between government forces and rebel factions and improve civilians' access to aid.

The fourth and final zone to be established was the thorniest, taking in the Northern province of Idlib.

In Astana, Syrian government negotiator Bashar al-Jafari denounced Turkey's presence in the province and accused Ankara of cooperating with militant groups."We have emphasized that we see the presence of Turkish armed forces in Idlib as an act of occupation," Jafari said.

The zones were credited for bringing about a significant reduction in fighting.

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