Document likely on Syria cease-fire at Astana meet

An injured girl reacts after a car bomb explosion in Jub al Barazi east of the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria January 15, 2017.

Russian news agency ‘Interfax’ reported late Tuesday that a source involved in the Astana meeting said there are expectations of a document to be signed during negotiations for the implementation of a cease-fire in all parts of Syria.

The source added that the regime will expand the cease-fire as a result of the meeting, which remains steadfast in general, despite the violations committed by Assad forces and loyalists.

About 20 of the opposition factions previously confirmed that the talks will focus exclusively on the military side, which was also confirmed by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stressing that the main objective of the talks is the ceasefire.

Mohammed Alloush, leader of the Army of Islam, will head the delegation in Astana on behalf of the opposition factions. While Bashar al-Jaafari will head the delegation system, according to media reported belonging to the Syrian regime.

However, the question remains about the regime’s intentions, especially after Al-Watan newspaper reported on Tuesday that Damascus was going to discuss a political solution and not a cease-fire, and to re-impose the hegemony of the system and the rule over the entire Syrian territory.

Russia calls on Syrian armed factions to Astana talks

Lavrov said on Wednesday that all Syrian armed factions are invited to attend negations in Astana except those linked to ISIS or JAFSH.

He said that his country is not opposed to the participation of the “Army of Islam”, which joined the truce in Syria.

He pointed out that representatives of all Syrian armed factions that joined the truce in Syria will represented in their delegation in the talks.

The Russian foreign minister said that the participants in the meeting in Astana will become clear later, noting that it suits everyone to participate, including the United States.

For its part, Ahrar al-Sham movement announced that it does not oppose the participation of any faction in the Astana conference, but will not participate.


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