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ASTANA PROCESS STRENGTHENS RESOLVE IN ENDING SYRIAN CONFLICT

KUALA LUMPUR, The two-day peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan between the Syrian Government and the opposition which ended on Tuesday has strengthened the resolve of the parties involved in ending the six-year-old Syrian conflict.

During the talks, parties in the conflict agreed on a trilateral mechanism

to observe and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire and prevent any

provocation.

The details of the talks were provided by the Embassy of Kazakhstan here

on Wednesday.

The parties also stated their willingness to participate in the next round

of negotiations between the government and the opposition under the United

Nations' auspices in Geneva on Feb 8, and reiterated their determination to

jointly fight against the Daesh group of militants and Al-Nusra.

The Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations, Bashar

al-Jaafari noted the mechanism on monitoring the ceasefire would be implemented

step by step except in the territory of WadiBarada which was under attack from

the Al-Nusra group.

"It was extremely painful to sit in the same room with Syrian rebels working

for foreign powers, some of them even committed terrorist acts," al-Jaafari was

reported saying in the details provided by the embassy.

However, he noted that the government would do "whatever it takes to stop

bloodshed and terror."

According to the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of 15

rebel groups also took part in the talks with the opposition led by Mohammad

Alloush, leader of Jaish al-Islam.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said the final joint statement

issued by the three guarantor states, Russia, Turkey and Iran noted the conflict

could only be solved through a political process based on the implementation of

the UN Security Council resolution 2254 in its entirety.

Russia, Turkey and Iran, during the course of negotiations stressed on the

dominant role of the UN and the importance of UN Security Council resolutions,

including the work of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on

Syria.

The talks, dubbed 'Astana Process' were the first ever to include both the

Syrian Government and the Syrian armed opposition.

It was also attended by UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria,

Staffan de Mistura and United States Ambassador to Kazakhstan, George Krol.

The war in Syria has ruined the country, killing half a million people and

forcing the population to flee from its borders.

From the beginning, Kazakhstan has been urging the international community

to seek a diplomatic solution, believing that military methods only exacerbated

the situation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK