Part of the Syrian opposition froze preparations for the talks in Astana

Part of the Syrian opposition froze preparations for the talks in Astana


The rebels North of Aleppo, Syria. 30 Dec 2016

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The number of Syrian opposition groups stop preparing for negotiations, which was to be held in Astana. This decision is connected with the violation of the truce by the Syrian government, said the rebels

Part of the Syrian opposition said about the freezing of the preparation for the talks in Astana due to violations of the cease-fire, which was committed by Damascus, reports Reuters.

The statement said the rebels, referred to by the Agency, all discussions related to negotiations to stop until the government forces and their allies, supported by Iran, will not cease to violate the agreements reached with the participation of Russia and Turkey. The statement was signed mostly groups belonging to the so-called Free Syrian army.

29 December 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the signing of the Syrian government and the armed opposition of the agreement on cease-fire in Syria. As Putin said, this event “is not just waited a long time, but for the approaching which a lot of work”. He stressed that the agreement was the result of Russia with Turkey, and also mentioned the last meeting of the foreign Ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran.

The agreement assumed that the period of silence will start at midnight on December 30. As emphasized by the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu, the organizations will not stop fighting, automatically pass into the category of terrorist. “Against them, begin to act as well as against ISIS and “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra” (both organizations are banned in Russia. — RBC), the rest of the territory,” explained Shoigu.

The Minister also noted that acceding to the truce, opposition groups is the core of the opposition, which controls significant territory in Central and Northern Syria. The total number of these units is more than 60 thousand people.

As expected, in the near future in Astana was held the meeting of the parties to the Syrian conflict. Readiness to provide a platform for negotiations, said the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.