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Kazakhstan: Moscow 'ready' to send observers to safe zones in Syria - Russian chief negotiator03:18

Kazakhstan: Moscow 'ready' to send observers to safe zones in Syria - Russian chief negotiator

Kazakhstan, Astana
May 4, 2017 at 14:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev stated that Moscow "is ready" to send its observers to the established safe zones in Syria, at a press conference in Astana, Thursday. The press conference took place following a new round of Syrian negotiations in the city.

Earlier in the day, Syria ceasefire guarantor states, including, Russia, Iran and Turkey, adopted a memorandum on the creation of four safe zones in Syria. The adoption of the memorandum follows Russia’s proposal on setting up so-called de-escalation zones, which aim at separating a number of extremist groups, including the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham), from the moderate opposition.

The fourth round of negotiations brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey kicked off in the Kazakh capital earlier on Wednesday. The next Astana peace talks are set to be held in the middle of July. The talks in the Kazakh capital will be preceded by experts' consultations in Ankara.

Kazakhstan: Moscow 'ready' to send observers to safe zones in Syria - Russian chief negotiator03:18
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Russian Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev stated that Moscow "is ready" to send its observers to the established safe zones in Syria, at a press conference in Astana, Thursday. The press conference took place following a new round of Syrian negotiations in the city.

Earlier in the day, Syria ceasefire guarantor states, including, Russia, Iran and Turkey, adopted a memorandum on the creation of four safe zones in Syria. The adoption of the memorandum follows Russia’s proposal on setting up so-called de-escalation zones, which aim at separating a number of extremist groups, including the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Nusra Front (also known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham), from the moderate opposition.

The fourth round of negotiations brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey kicked off in the Kazakh capital earlier on Wednesday. The next Astana peace talks are set to be held in the middle of July. The talks in the Kazakh capital will be preceded by experts' consultations in Ankara.

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