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Kazakhstan: De Mistura hails Syria safe zones plan as 'an important step'01:36

Kazakhstan: De Mistura hails Syria safe zones plan as 'an important step'

Kazakhstan, Astana
May 4, 2017 at 15:47 GMT -00:00 · Published

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura hailed a plan for creating safe zones in Syria as "an important and promising step in the right direction," in Astana, Thursday.

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, following Russia’s proposal to set 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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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura hailed a plan for creating safe zones in Syria as "an important and promising step in the right direction," in Astana, Thursday.

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, following Russia’s proposal to set 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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