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Russia, Iran, Turkey Set Astana Talks To Discuss Syria Cease-Fire

by February 2, 2017 Fun

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry says the co-sponsors of the Syrian peace talks will meet in Astana on February 6 to monitor implementation of the cease-fire in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

The ministry announced on February 2 that Russia, Iran, and Turkey will meet for a second round of talks in the Kazakh capital.

The first round on January 23-24 failed to make progress toward a political settlement of the nearly 6-year-old civil war, but the sides did agree to create a mechanism called the Joint Operational Group (JOG), to monitor the fragile cease-fire in Syria.

The JOG includes experts from the three co-sponsoring countries.

Moscow and Tehran back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government in the civil war, while Ankara supports the opposition.

An estimated 300,000 Syrians have been killed and millions have been displaced since the conflict erupted 2011.

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