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Trio Discusses Syria Peace Efforts

Syria peace talks participants to arrive in Astana tonight Trio Discusses Syria Peace Efforts
Lance Thomas | 01 November, 2017, 00:17

Russia's military campaign objectives "have been nearly accomplished", according to an influential lawmaker.

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, who is not participating in the seventh worldwide Astana meeting on resolving the situation in Syria, announced on Thursday that a new round of talks aimed at ending the Syrian crisis will open in a month's time.

The same viewpoint was expressed by a Russian lawmaker on Monday who said Russia expects to destroy all "terrorists" in Syria by the end of the year. So are representatives from the United Nations, Jordan, and the United States, according to reports.

"I think the Syrian land will be fully cleared of IS formations in the coming weeks", he said.

At the same forum, Putin said he had all grounds to believe that Moscow, along with Damascus, would soon defeat "terrorists" in Syria.

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry said all participants for the talks had arrived on October 30 for two days of bilateral and multilateral meetings.

Russia, Turkey and Iran pledged in Kazakhstan Tuesday to bring the Syrian regime and its opponents together for a "congress" to help nudge peace efforts towards a more lasting political settlement.

Recent rounds of talks in the Central Asian nation have focused on ironing out the details of a Russia-led plan for four de-escalation zones in Syria.

Last week, the UN's chief negotiator, Staffan de Mistura, announced the resumption of peace talks in Geneva on November 28, saying he hoped talks in Astana will "prevent further unraveling of interim de-escalation and cease-fire arrangements". He added that Syrian President Bashar Assad is set to launch dialogue involving various representatives of Syrian society, TASS reported.

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