The U.N. special envoy for Syria expressed hope that a first-ever U.N. meeting of feuding opposition groups and an upcoming meeting to put “de-escalation zones” into operation will spur progress at next month’s peace talks in Geneva.
The border lines in two de-escalation zone have been defined, Israel and Jordan have no place in Syria peace talks.
A high-level US delegate is expected to attend international negotiations on Syrian reconciliation in Astana next week, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said Monday.
Russia hopes that the forthcoming talks on Syria in the Kazakh capital city of Astana on July 4-5 will yield a package of documents on de-escalation zones, Russian president’s special envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.
The recently-formed Syrian Patriotic Democratic Opposition Committee spokesman Monzer Akbik said that he was hopeful the draft of the new Syrian Constitution made by committee would be “approved by everyone” and that the result would be useful for the upcoming peace talks in Astana, Geneva, as well as other platforms.
Members of the Syrian opposition have discussed the implementation of Syria’s ceasefire, and continuation of negotiations in both the Geneva and Astana formats with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Syria’s Tomorrow Movement leader Ahmad Jarba said Thursday.
Syrian opposition group Syria’s Tomorrow is placing great expectations on Russia’s role in intra-Syrian dialogue that would include opposition and the government, Ahmad Jarba, the group’s leader, said Thursday at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Russia and Brazil have supported early political solution of the Syrian armed conflict, the Statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazilian President Michel Temer says.
The tensions at the intra-Syrian peace talks have eased, but it is too early to speak of the transitional process launch, Chairman of the Syrian opposition’s Moscow Group, Qadri Jamil, said.