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Syria power brokers seek safe zone progress at Kazakh talks

By AFP
media Officials from Russia, Iran and Turkey will take part this week in the sixth round of Astana talks aimed at creating safe zones in Syria AFP/File

Key international players in Syria's civil war gathered in Kazakhstan Wednesday for a fresh round of talks aimed at pushing a Russian-led plan to ease fighting on the ground.

Representatives from regime backers Russia, Iran and rebel supporter Turkey held "talks on an expert level" to lay the groundwork ahead of the start of two days of meetings including the Syrian regime and opposition representatives, Kazakhstan's foreign ministry said.

The talks in Astana are the sixth round of negotiations Moscow has spearheaded since the start of the year as it seeks to pacify Syria after its game-changing intervention on the side of leader Bashar al-Assad.

This time around the sides are looking to nail down details of a proposed "de-escalation" zone in the northern Idlib province, after Moscow ploughed on with setting up three other safe areas around the country in a move that has seen violence drop.

There remain major disagreements over which force will be sent to police the zone covering rebel-held Idlib -- on Syria's northern border with Turkey -- as Ankara and Tehran jockey for influence.

Russia has so far deployed military police to patrol the boundaries of three zones agreed in the south, in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, and in part of the central Homs province.

The zone in the south of Syria has proved sensitive as it lies close to the borders of US-allies Israel and Jordan, and Washington is keen to make sure that Iran and its proxy forces are kept out.

The State Department confirmed that Acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield will travel to Astana Thursday as an observer.

"Iran's activities in Syria and unquestioning support for the Assad regime have perpetuated the conflict and increased the suffering of ordinary Syrians," the State Department said in a statement.

 
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