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SYRIA PEACE TALKS KICK OFF IN ASTANA

MOSCOW, Peace negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition groups kicked off in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Monday, as part of an initiative led by Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

The Syrian conflict could only be solved "via negotiations," Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev told the negotiators.

The current difficult situation in Syria has drawn the attention of the entire world, the president added.

He said that the "bloody conflict" that has continued for about six years, has brought nothing but miser.

Meanwhile, Nazarbayev noted that his country has offered USD 700,000 and 500 tons of humanitarian aid for the Syrian refugees, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

According to the agency, delegates from Russia, Turkey and Iran are attending the closed-door talks, with the delegations of the Syrian regime and armed opposition.

The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is taking part in the Astana negotiations, together with the US ambassador to Kazakhstan George Krol.

Preliminary talks lasted till a late hour on Sunday, which delayed the opening of today's session.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK