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Kazakhstan: More armed opposition groups joining peace talks – Russian envoy to Syria01:38

Kazakhstan: More armed opposition groups joining peace talks – Russian envoy to Syria

Kazakhstan, Astana
February 15, 2017 at 19:20 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russia's Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said that the Astana talks on Syria proved to be attractive to an increasing number of opposition factions, on Wednesday during a statement to press in the Kazakh capital. His comments came at the end of the first day of new Kazakhstan-hosted talks involving the Syrian government and opposition as well as Turkey, Russia and Iran.

"A large number of other armed forces of the Syrian opposition are willing to join this process," Lavrentiev said, adding that "they are willing to sign an agreement with Russia as a guarantor to participate in establishing peace in the country".

According to Lavrentiev, "that it is a good signal for all who are currently holding arms to think on whether to continue fighting or to join those who are trying to find a compromise solution to achieve peace in this country".

Previous talks took place in Astana on January 23-24, with ongoing operational meetings in the meantime. The latest round of meetings will continue on Thursday.

Kazakhstan: More armed opposition groups joining peace talks – Russian envoy to Syria01:38
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Russia's Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said that the Astana talks on Syria proved to be attractive to an increasing number of opposition factions, on Wednesday during a statement to press in the Kazakh capital. His comments came at the end of the first day of new Kazakhstan-hosted talks involving the Syrian government and opposition as well as Turkey, Russia and Iran.

"A large number of other armed forces of the Syrian opposition are willing to join this process," Lavrentiev said, adding that "they are willing to sign an agreement with Russia as a guarantor to participate in establishing peace in the country".

According to Lavrentiev, "that it is a good signal for all who are currently holding arms to think on whether to continue fighting or to join those who are trying to find a compromise solution to achieve peace in this country".

Previous talks took place in Astana on January 23-24, with ongoing operational meetings in the meantime. The latest round of meetings will continue on Thursday.

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