Syria Peace Talks In Astana. What To Expect?

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Negotiations between the Syrian government and the so-called “opposition groups” kicked off in the Kazakh capital of Astana on January 23. Jaish al-Islam is the biggest militant group which participates in the talks. Another powerbroker, Ahrar al-Sham, which had been set to participate in the negotiations, rejected the idea last week.

In total 15 armed groups arrived to participate in the event. While the involved groups don’t have a united command, they all have one main foreign backer – Turkey. So, de-facto, the success of the Astana talks will depend on ability of Ankara, Damasucs, Moscow and Tehran to reach some appropriate compromise.

Meanwhile, Anakra has announced that it does not see a reason to push “Assad must go” mantra and prefers to focus on keeping its influence in northern Syria between Jarabulus and Azaz.

The most practical goal of the talks is to agree terms and conditions of the ceasefire in order to improve the humanitarian conditions in the areas where it’s implemented. However, even in this case, many will depend on ability of Ankara to control its proxies on the ground.

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  • Gelu

    So turkey is indeed the root of all problems in Syria.
    Turkey is a threat and clear danger to the security spectrum in the entire ME.
    It is a danger to NATO, EU and to its neighbors.
    It is an unstable, unpredictable contextual friend for RU and Iran.
    The kurds are more stable and reliable.

  • Trustin Judeau

    Turkey is not friend of Russia nor Iran.For now it is needed to work with them.

    • Miha Semprimožnik

      They need to close Turkish-Syrian border (Latakia, Aleppo) for this they will need Turkish cooperation.And we must wait for first meeting between the Putin and Trump, to know where he is standing regarded to the Syria

  • Oh it’s going real sweet!
    They’ve got a “draft constitution” and Jaysh al-Islam at the table!
    So let’s see how that …. mingles.