News ID: 187848
Published: 0723 GMT February 17, 2017

Turkey, Iran, Russia to supervise Syrian cease-fire

Turkey, Iran, Russia to supervise Syrian cease-fire

Iran, Russia and Turkey on Thursday agreed to set up a joint commission to supervise the Syria truce.

According to diplomatic sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, the parties will finalize the technical details in Turkey. The date of the meeting in Ankara was not specified, Anadolu Agency reported.

Another round of Syria talks in Astana on Thursday ended with decision to set up joint commission to supervise truce.

Russia's Special Envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev told reporters after the meeting in the Kazakh capital: "This common group will ensure and monitor the truce in particular. It will also work on different aspects of the political process."

Astana hosted two-day Syrian peace talks with representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran, who agreed last month to create a cease-fire monitoring group.

The January meeting in Astana saw the three countries agree to a trilateral mechanism for observing and ensuring compliance with a cease-fire which came into effect on Dec. 30.

According to Press TV, the head of Iran’s delegation to the talks in Astana has underlined the importance of the diplomatic process in Kazakhstan’s capital, saying the discussions were aimed at facilitating intra-Syrian dialogue.

Iran believes that “the most important task for the Astana talks is to facilitate Syrian-Syrian negotiations with the aim of restoring peace and security to Syria,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari said in the summit on Thursday.

He reiterated the Islamic Republic’s commitment to efforts aimed at ending the Syria conflict, adding that Tehran backs Syria’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty as well as the Arab nation’s right to determine its fate.

Speaking at a press conference in Astana, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said that the fresh round of Astana talks paved the way for the upcoming talks on the Syria crisis scheduled to be held under the United Nations auspices in the Swiss city of Geneva on February 23.

“He also noted that the meetings held between the Syrian government delegation and the Russian and Iranian officials were “fruitful” and contributed a great deal to the convening of the Astana talks.

Syria remains committed to the terms of a nationwide cease-fire in the country, but it “maintains the right to respond to any breach of these arrangements by the armed terrorist groups,” the Syrian official pointed out.

He further stressed that Syria “will continue its efforts to liberate every inch of its territory from the control of the terrorist groups.”

Syrian army soldiers and allied fighters have been fighting against different foreign-backed terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2011.

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