Russia, Turkey, Iran to continue efforts to revive Syrian peace process
Nur-Sultan, Dec 22 (EFE).- Russia, Turkey and Iran, the three guarantor countries of the ceasefire in Syria, pledged to continue efforts to revive the Syrian peace process during a new round of consultations on Wednesday in the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan.
According to a joint statement released at the end of the latest round of the so-called Astana Process, in which both representatives of the Syrian government and members of the opposition participated, the guarantors reiterated that the Syrian conflict “does not have a military solution.”
They also expressed support for the political process in Syria to end the instability in which the country has been mired for a decade, namely the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, created with the “decisive contribution” of the Astana format.
The parties addressed the current situation in Syria in detail and were determined to continue their interaction “to fight terrorism in all its manifestations” in that country.
They also expressed support for Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, according to the joint statement.
“The situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone was addressed in detail,” the document said, adding that its authors agreed to continue efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in the region.
The reactivation of terrorist groups in Syria was one of the central themes of this round of consultations, the Russian special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, said at the beginning of the consultations.
HUMANITARIAN AID CONTROVERSY
Another issue that was addressed in Nur-Sultan was the provision of humanitarian aid to Syria, as well as assistance for the reconstruction of the country.
According to Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman Susan, the government provides humanitarian aid to all those in need, but denounced “obstacles” in the process of providing that assistance.