Guarantor States of Syria Ceasefire Convene in Astana

Ninth Round Of Syria Peace Talks Under Way In Astana

The first day in the ninth round of peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Syria has ended completed in the Kazakh capital Astana on Monday.

The Guarantor States stressed the importance of implementing the De-Escalation Zones Agreement in Syria, which played a pivotal role in maintaining the cessation of hostilities, describing the Agreement as a temporary measure that can not violate the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.

The trio has been mediating the negotiations in the Kazakh capital since January 2017, a month after they joined efforts and brought about an all-Syria ceasefire.

It, meanwhile, reminded that the zones were "temporary", and that their establishment was not to be misused towards undermining Syria's territorial integrity.

The statement affirmed the continuation of combating terrorism in Syria until completely eliminating ISIL, Nusra Front and all other terrorist organizations affiliated to al-Qaeda or ISIL.

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"Representatives of the Syrian armed opposition have arrived in Astana early this morning", he said.

Turkey, Russia and Iran held both bilateral and trilateral meetings during the ninth round of Syria talks at Rixos Hotel in Astana.

The talks in Astana have been going on in tandem with another series of talks held in Geneva and brokered by the UN. However, they failed to achieve progress in the detainees' file.

Aside from the representatives of Russia, Iran, and Turkey-the three guarantor governments-UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura was also in attendance, along with an observer delegation from Jordan.

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