Astana-4 set to start tomorrow and new Russian proposals

Eldorar Alshamia Editor | 2 May, 2017

ElDorar AlShamia:

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry has confirmed the fourth round of talks in Astana to launch on Wednesday with as all concerned parties to take part in, and the talks will continue for two days.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Anwar Jainakov said all parties had confirmed their participation in the meeting, including the delegation of the Syrian Revolutionary Forces headed by Mohammed Alloush.

On Tuesday, there will be technical meetings between the representatives of the guarantor countries, where Russia talks about a new proposal for the establishment of dividing lines on the frontlines sponsored by military representatives from those countries.

The UN envoy will take part in the talks for the first time

UN Special Envoy to Syria Stephane de Mistura confirmed that he would join the meeting on Syria tomorrow and the day after. "Given the urgent need to calm the crisis in Syria and to implement confidence-building measures, so de Mistura agreed to attend the meeting as an observer responding to the invitation of the Government of Kazakhstan ".

He will be accompanied by a technical delegation of UN experts who attended previous meetings to continue to provide United Nations expertise on ceasefire issues and confidence-building measures.

"The Special Envoy will use his presence in Astana to hold political consultations with all the guarantors and others who will attend," he said. "This comes at a very opportune time because it is currently finalizing the next round of talks between the Syrian parties in Geneva."

New Russian proposals

Russia made a proposal in Astana to the military factions and the Syrian opposition includes the idea of ​​establishing areas to ease the escalation in Syria, distributed to the province of Idlib, and the northern Homs countryside, and the eastern Ghouta and the Syrian south.

Russia proposes to remove the "IS group and Jabhat al-Nusra" from the proposed areas with the help of the "Syrian opposition" and then the establishment of security lines (dividing lines), to prevent fighting between different parties, and military groups of the Guarantor States to go into these lines.

None of the concerned parties has yet commented on the Russian proposal, but previous Russian initiatives and offers have not encouraged the revolutionary forces to trust.