1. Main
  2. Learn
  3. Politics
  4. Politics

Syrian opposition proposes holding second round of consultations in Astana

©Turar Kazangapov ©Turar Kazangapov

Syrian opposition is in favor of holding one more round of consultations in Astana, Tengrinews reports citing RIA Novosti quoting the leader of the Movement for a Pluralistic Society Randa Kassis as saying.

"All the representatives of the opposition groups have agreed to come to Astana once more to continue the talks," she said.


Earlier in April, Syrian opposition asked Kazakhstan to become a mediator in the Syrian talks. Kazakhstan agreed to provide a platform for the consultations, which were held in Astana between May 25 and 27. These were attended by more than 30 people, who were the leaders and representatives of various opposition forces of Syria, as well as representatives of civil society and independent opposition groups. Government members did not participate in the consultations.

After the meeting in Astana the representatives of Syrian opposition emphasized the need for a united front to combat terrorism in the country. The parties also agreed to a joint declaration.

"The participants call for a unified social, political and military front against terrorism," the text of the final declaration said. It called for withdrawal of all militants who are not citizens of the country and revival of the country's army.

The participants of the meeting were also discussing delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria and development of an action plan to settle the conflict.

According to the leader of the Movement for Pluralistic Society Randa Kassis, foreign mercenaries were one of the key points of contention between the opposition groups.

Before Astana, the opposition groups held talks in Moscow, but those did not produce any significant progress.

Writing by Dinara Urazova, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina

Nobel prizewinner proposes a new city in KZ
New abnormal snowfalls expected in Kazakhstan
Huge glacier retreat triggered in 1940s
Hyperloop construction begins in Las Vegas
"Moonlight" to top Spirit Awards nominations
Oil prices fall due to investors uncertainty
New dwarf galaxy discovered around Milky Way
Kanat Islam becomes a top ten WBO boxer
World oil prices continue to rise
Kazakhstan expects warming - Kazhydromet
Merkel to seek fourth term as chancellor
Sale of Tintin drawings set to break records
US, EU stocks fall as markets focus on dollar
Pacific leaders urged to defend free trade
EU warns eight nations on budget deficit
Universiade-2017: Athletic Village is ready
Bob Dylan can't make Nobel ceremony
Messi will never leave Barca - club president
Google, Facebook take aim at 'fake' news
Aerosmith announces Europe 'farewell' tour
Putin, Trump to normalise US-Russia ties
At least 10 hurt in southern Turkey blast
6.2 quake hits western Japan
OPEC agrees shock oil output cut
Israeli ex-president and Nobel laureate Peres dies
Germany blocks WhatsApp data transfers to Facebook
32,000 arrested in Turkey coup probe
Youth to the fore as Milan fashion week opens
Xenophobia threatening peace in eastern Germany
Four-in-10 Japanese are virgins: poll
Sweden re-militarises Baltic island of Gotland
China to launch second space laboratory: Xinhua
More than a billion stars mapped in Milky Way: ESA
Boxing: Golovkin eyes Saunders after stopping Brook
Kazakhstan shifts PM to security chief
Oil prices gain despite rising OPEC supply forecast
US to give Philippines military planes
Singapore wages war on Zika-bearing mosquitoes
Italy quake death toll nears 250
Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate
18 dead as Italy struck by powerful quake
Japan's first lady visits Pearl Harbor
Pokemon's a no-go on Bangkok's roads
July was Earth's hottest month in modern times
Pakistan rock climbers scale new heights