The UN has called on Iran, Russia and Turkey to convene a fresh round of peace talks between Damascus and opposition groups in Astana, Kazakhstan, to bring the situation on the ground under control amid increasing militant attempts to break into the heart of the Syrian capital in defiance of a countrywide truce.
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that the track of Astana 1, 2 and 3 was positive whether the opposition attended or not as it is specialized in monitoring the cessation of hostilities agreement, separating ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra from the armed groups.
Kazakhstan said Wednesday a new round of Astana talks on the Syria conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran scheduled to begin February 15 would be delayed by a day due to unexplained "technical reasons".
Kazakhstan said Tuesday that a new round of Astana talks on the Syria conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran will take place behind closed doors, as the make-up of any armed opposition delegation remained unclear.
Iran, Russia and Turkey – sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and militant factions – pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides.