Russia's Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev stated his hope that the deadlines for creation of the de-escalation zones «will not be too far away and we will be able to reach a decision on a mutually acceptable solution for resolving Syria», on Friday, the second day of the Syria peace talks in Astana.
«The creation of de-escalation zones represents a turning point in people's minds... Еще. They feet there is light at the end of the tunnel,» stated Russian diplomat. Who also lamented the fact that the Syrian opposition delegates «did not give us specific guarantees on its participation». Adding that they, according to Lavrentiev, did not want to «participate in the fight against ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, until there is progress on the part of the Syrian government troops».
In turn, Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, stated that talks would continue in their Geneva context, saying «in Geneva we will be continue talking and not only talking, but to take actions on the humanitarian aspect — which is a natural consequence of this coalition».
This is the sixth round of talks on resolving the Syrian crisis in Astana. The negotiations are being supervised by Russia, Turkey, as well as Iran as the mediators of the talks.
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