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Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister reveals the Astana process agenda

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Today and tomorrow Astana will host the fifth round of the Astana Process. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov spoke about the agenda.

First of all, we are talking about how to implement the Memorandum on creating de-escalation zones, signed by guarantor countries (Russia, Turkey, Iran) during the May meeting. Undoubtedly, in terms of implementing this memorandum, of key importance are such issues as defining the boundaries of these zones, as well as defining and discussing the issue of control over the functioning of de-escalation zones. As you remember, this memorandum mentions the establishment of checkpoints and observation posts along the borders of de-escalation zones, � he said on the sidelines of the Government meeting.

According to the Foreign Minister, it is also planned to discuss mine neutralization around Syria’s cultural sites, which are under the UNESCO guarantee and are included in the world heritage list of this international organization.

Abdrakhmanov added that according to the Russian center for monitoring the cessation of hostilities and peacemaking in the territory of the SAR, about 65 armed opposition groups joined this truce regime.

All the delegations that planned to participate in this important stage of the talks arrived (…) This time, as far as I was informed, there are 9 representatives of the armed Syrian opposition who are currently in our capital, � the Minister said.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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