Astana Talks 3: Syrian armed rebels boycott talks, next meeting date announced
The Syrian armed opposition boycotted the third round of talks in the Kazakhstani capital Astana, on Wednesday, March 15, arguing that one of the organizers – Russia, failed to maintain the ceasefire.
Head of the Russian delegation Alexander Lavrentiev stated the sides would establish a special commission to draft a new Syrian constitution, however Syrian delegation denied such claims.
“Astana 1 resulted in a Moscow-Tehran-Ankara agreement on the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to monitor the ceasefire in Syria. Astana 2 resulted in an agreement to set up a ceasefire-monitoring group, encompassing Iran, Russia and Turkey that would report to the UN, as well as the draft provision on the exchange of detained persons. The draft provisions on areas that have joined the ceasefire regime were studied and we can be heartened with what we have achieved despite the uphill task and the uncertainties ahead. These achievements demonstrate that there is real value to the Astana Process,” Kazakhstani Deputy Foreign Minister Akylbek Kamaldinov said at the end.
With no clear resolution the Astana Process participants have decided to meet again on 3-4 May.