Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Syrian government supports de-escalation zones - foreign ministry

Syrian government supports de-escalation zones - foreign ministry

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The Observatory also reported heavy fighting between Kurdish fighters and extremists in the aftermath of the attack, and later said the USA -backed Kurdish and Syrian Arab Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) had regained control of the area in al-Hasakah province.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the attack included suicide bombers and heavy clashes with Kurdish-dominated US -backed rebels who are fighting IS in Syria. Arabic banner reads, "Targeting gatherings of the infidel PKK with automatic weapons north of the province". "The opposition will participate in all the talks tomorrow", said Tumatov.

He also cited what he called "a huge gap" between the promises of Russian Federation, which intervened militarily in 2015 on Assad's side and gave him back the upper hand in the conflict.

The aim is to "put an immediate end to the violence" and "provide the conditions for the safe, voluntary return of refugees" as well as the immediate delivery of relief supplies and medical aid.

A spokesman for the Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry, Anuar Jaynakov, said that all parties will take part in the meeting, including the chief negotiator of the High Negotiations Committee from the Syrian opposition, Mohammed Alloush.

Meeting in the Russian resort town of Sochi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin expressed hope the Syrian government and rebels would adopt this latest proposal to "de-escalate" the conflict, which has run now for six years and claimed some 400,000 lives.

The latest discussions, if successful, would see Russia, Iran and Turkey act as guarantors to Russia's plan for a series of "de-escalation zones" in rebel-held areas across the country. The Kremlin made no mention of safe zones.

Damascus supports the Russian plan, Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

Ramadan said the opposition delegation would remain in Astana to discuss violations of a cease-fire brokered in December by Russia, Iran, and Turkey, and to present its questions about a Russian proposal for safe zones.

This is the fourth round of talks between the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition in Kazakhstan, sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey.

Dujarric says de Mistura will hold talks with the three guarantors and others ahead of the next round of peace negotiations with the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva, which diplomats say are expected later this month. He blamed the attack on Islamic State. A huge explosion in January killed at least 50 people there.

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