By Selen Temizer and Muhammed
The three guarantor states, as well as representatives of the Damascus regime and some opposition factions, met in Astana for
The parties at the Syrian talks in Kazakhstan have
Officials from Turkey,
"If they apply through diplomatic channels, China, United Arab Emirates, Egypt,
Meanwhile, one of
In a news conference, Asimi said those militias can cause the collapse of Astana agreement.
Idlib is the main opposition-held area in Syria. The borders of three other zones across the country were agreed earlier.
The UN’s special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura, and delegates from Jordan and the U.S. attended as observers. According to the Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry, Qatar also participated for the first time as an observer.
Reading a closing declaration, Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said the guarantor countries agreed on the establishment of de-escalation zones in the eastern Ghouta region of Damascus, certain regions in northern Homs, parts of southern Syria, as well as the province of Idlib, including sections of Aleppo,
Turkish, Russian and Iranian observers will be deployed at checkpoints and observation posts to be established,
The primary task of observers will be to prevent conflicts between the regime and the opposition and to monitor possible violations of the ceasefire, the foreign ministry said.
A Joint Coordination Center to be set up between Turkey, Russia and Iran will orchestrate observer forces, it added.
The statement also said Turkey had played a "decisive role" in finding consensus among the parties and "is determined to build
Abdrakhmanov said the de-escalation zones were being established as a six-month interim measure and stated they could be extended depending on the agreement of the guarantors.
The Kazakh minister stressed that the parties would continue to fight against terrorist organizations associated with Daesh and al-Qaeda. He also announced that a seventh Astana meeting will be held in October.
Turkey, which supports some opposition groups, and Russia and Iran, which back Bashar
They are seeking to implement lasting cease-fires in areas where fighting has been heaviest between opposition forces and pro-Assad troops.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.