Start of Syria talks in Kazakh capital postponed till Thursday

Orient - Agencies 2017-02-15 06:15:00

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Talks on the Syrian involving Russia, Iran, and Turkey that were due to start in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on Wednesday have been delayed by one day, Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry said without explaining the reason for the delay.

Syrian opposition cast doubt on Monday over whether they would attend the talks, accusing Russia of failing to get Assad regime to comply fully with a ceasefire or take any confidence-building steps.

Kazakhstan, Moscow’s close political ally, said last week the two-day talks, to which United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, had also been invited, would focus on consolidating the Syrian ceasefire.

Delegations of the Assad regime and the opposition attended the previous round of talks in Astana in January but refused to negotiate directly with each other or sign any documents.

A new round of UN-backed peace talks is due to begin in Geneva next week.