Russia Says Lavrov To Meet Syrian Opposition This Week

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Ansari

According to the statement, the three sponsors of the talks agreed that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict and it can only be resolved politically.

The UN envoy for Syria said today that a final declaration was close to being achieved at indirect talks between Syrian rebels and their war-torn country's regime in Kazakhstan's capital Astana. "We must make them understand what has been the essence of Astana meeting and what can be done to reduce threats to ceasefire", de Mistura said.

The two sides sat at the same table for the opening statements, but spent the rest of yesterday negotiating via mediators.

It called for the implementation of worldwide resolutions to reach a political solution in Syria.

The Opposition views the talks as a medium through which the ceasefire could be strengthened.


Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed on establishing a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with a cease-fire in Syria. Mohammed Alloush, leader of the Jaysh al-Islam militants, who headed the delegation of the Syrian armed opposition, expressed the rebels' support for the political solution for Syria based on United Nations auspices, but demanded the resignation of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The January 25 announcement comes after Russia, Iran, and Turkey said they would jointly enforce a fragile three-week cessation of hostilities in Syria.

The meeting, organized by Russian Federation and Turkey, was attended by both the Syrian government and the armed opposition.

More than 310,000 people have been killed and more than half of the country's population displaced since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011 with protests against Assad's rule.

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