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Nursultan Nazarbayev holds a meeting with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of guarantor countries of Astana process on Syria

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by March 16, 2018 Key Issues

During the conversation, the sides discussed the results and prospects for negotiations on the resolution of the conflict in Syria in the format of the Astana site. This was reported by the press service of Akorda.

The Head of State noted the existence of a number of agreements on the ceasefire reached in the course of the Astana process.

“The Syrian crisis remains relevant both for us and for the entire region. Four hundred thousand people have been killed, including children, women and elderly people. The conflict has created a general unfavorable situation throughout the region. Nevertheless, the Astana process gave hope for an early end to the war and bloodshed in Syria. The Astana talks intensified the Geneva process,” the President of Kazakhstan said.

Nursultan Nazarbayev emphasized that Kazakhstan supported the UN Security Council resolution on establishing an armistice in the region.

In his turn, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, expressed gratitude to the President of Kazakhstan for providing the platform in Astana and pointed to the importance of seeking a solution to the conflict in Syria.

“In eastern Ghouta, about 20 thousand civilians left the territory for the past two days already. Now, together with the UN, we are solving the question of providing them with basic necessities in places of temporary residence before they can return to their homes,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.

Sergey Lavrov noted that the talks in Astana helped to find ways to resolve the Syrian conflict.

“Astana has launched a process that is recognized by all. The main thing is that the Astana platform stimulated efforts as part of the Syrian settlement in all directions. This is the fight against terrorists, and the creation of zones of de-escalation, where the regime for the cessation of hostilities has significantly reduced the level of violence. In addition, this is a more effective solution for humanitarian issues,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.

S. Lavrov, noting the high organization of the talks, stressed the importance of the Astana platform in the context of creating a comfortable political atmosphere.

“The unchanging line of Astana aimed at the convergence of opposing positions, and the spirit of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy aimed at finding agreements, helps us to work effectively,” the Russian Foreign Minister said.

The Head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, M. Cavusoglu, also noted the effectiveness of the Astana process and expressed his commitment to this format of negotiations.

“It’s been a little more than a year since the beginning of the talks in Astana, and we were able to achieve great results and progress in this process. Yesterday, the working group on trust-building measures met for the first time here in Astana on the exchange of hostages and prisoners. We would like to maintain such dynamics, which is inherent on the Astana site. We were able to get a new impetus to advance in this process,” the Turkish Foreign Minister said.

M. Cavusoglu also emphasized the need to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, pointed out that, despite the existing problem in eastern Ghouta, the parties generally managed to reduce the level of hostility and violence in Syria.

“We were able to mitigate the situation by solving some humanitarian issues, despite the problems in eastern Ghouta. Peaceful citizens in Syria were able to get protection. Yesterday we started work to establish trust between the parties,” the Iranian Foreign Minister said.

M. Zarif also noted the special importance of the Astana site in the formation of political ways and approaches in the settlement of Syrian crisis.

M. Zarif also noted the special importance of the Astana site in the formation of political ways and approaches in the settlement of Syrian crisis.

Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

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