Syria talks delayed as a result of unexplained ‘technical causes’: Kazakhstan

Syria talks delayed due to unexplained ‘technical reasons’: Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan stated Wednesday a brand new spherical of Astana talks on the Syria battle led by Russia, Turkey and Iran scheduled to start February 15 could be delayed by a day as a result of unexplained “technical causes”.

“The negotiations have been moved to February 16 for technical causes,” a spokeswoman for the Ministry of International Affairs instructed AFP by phone with out elaboration.

A subsequent assertion from the overseas ministry stated the talks would start at 0600 GMT on Thursday.

The “closed format” negotiations come after representatives from Damascus and the armed opposition did not make a breakthrough at oblique talks within the metropolis in January.

The assembly — pushed by key regime supporter Moscow — is seen as a warm-up for UN-led negotiations on the protracted struggle which can be as a result of start in Geneva on February 23.

Whereas Kazakh officers stated they invited each the Syrian authorities and rebels for the brand new talks, a number of of the regime opponents who took half within the earlier Astana talks instructed AFP that they haven’t acquired invites.

Damascus has confirmed it will likely be represented once more by its ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari.

Russia is sending presidential envoy Alexander Lavrentiev whereas Iran stated it’s dispatching deputy overseas minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari.

UN envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura stated he wouldn’t take part personally within the newest Astana assembly however that his workplace could be represented by a “technical staff”.

Jordan may also be represented by a “excessive stage delegation” authorities spokesman Mohamed Momani stated.

The Astana initiative has left the West on the sidelines of the newest push to finish the struggle in Syria that has claimed greater than 300,000 lives since 2011.

Moscow has invited the US to take part as an observer however the State Division has but to substantiate Washington will probably be concerned.

Talks are prone to concentrate on bolstering a shaky ceasefire on the bottom after Moscow, Tehran and Ankara agreed to determine a “mechanism” aimed toward making certain the truce.

The Geneva negotiations are anticipated to be wider-ranging, focussing on the important thing points that divide the federal government and insurgent sides, together with the destiny of President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia and Iran have helped flip the tables on the bottom with their army backing for Assad, whereas Turkey has supported rebels preventing to oust the strongman.

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