France Defence Minister welcomes Syria peace talks in Astana
The Defence Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian welcomed the forthcoming negotiation on Syria in the capital of Kazakhstan. He said it in the interview published by the Parisian weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, TASS reports.
"As the Minister of Defence I consider the main danger against which it is necessary to fight in Syria is Islamic State. However nobody can indifferently look at sufferings of the Syrian civilian population. Now negotiations of the parties in Astana are coming; an attempt to enter ceasefire is also already made. It is good if all this works as it will lead to less sufferings of the population," the minister told.
At the same time he has added that "the present situation, however, should be viewed with skepticism because the truce is very unstable and it already repeatedly was interrupted."
On December 29 the Russian President Vladimir Putin has reported about achievement of the ceasefire agreement in Syria and readiness of the government of the republic and the armed opposition to begin negotiations. On January 4 the Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu declared that discussions will begin in the capital of Kazakhstan on January 23.
At the same time he has warned that negotiations can fail if violations of a ceasefire regime continue in Syria.