Astana process fully fulfills its mandate - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan
The US authorities have recently noted that they see no point in continuing the Sochi and Astana processes for the settlement of the conflict in Syria.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan made a commentary amid the statement of Special Representative of the US Department of State for Syria James Jeffrey, who said that the United States of America sees no point in continuing the Sochi and Astana processes for Syria, Bnews.kz correspondent reports.
"We believe that the Astana process fully fulfills its mandate. First of all, the de-escalation zones in Syria created at the Astana platform proved their effectiveness in stabilizing the situation on the ground. The three zones - Eastern Ghouta, Northern Homs, the south of Syria - were returned to a peaceful life. Now work to stabilize the situation in Idlib is carried out. In this area, the guarantor states closely interact. The process is complicated by the necessity to put an end to a work to distance the moderate opposition from terrorist organizations.
The second emphasis implies the strengthening the trust measures between the opposing sides focusing on the expansion of the exchange of captives. Thus, following the 6th meeting of the working group on the exchange of captives and the search for missing persons held as part of the Astana talks, diverse versions to enter new exchange agreements were discussed," said Aibek Smadiyarov, the head of a press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also underlined that political discussions over aspects for settling the Syrian problem including the establishment of a constitutional commission are a prerogative of the Geneva talks under the aegis of the UN.
According to Kommersant newspaper, on December 3 Special Representative of the US Department of State for Syria James Jeffrey told journalists during the briefing that the United States did find it pointless to continue the Sochi and Astana processes for settling the conflict in Syria.
"Our proposal, and, I believe that I speak the opinion of many other large states of the United Nations concerned by the situation in Syria, is that we do not continue the quite strange initiative of Sochi and Astana that have taken on themselves to set up a constitutional committee to present it to Staffan de Mistura," said the Speical Representative of the US Department of State.
According to the US representative, "they tried but failed."
A joint statement of Russia, Iran, and Turkey made on November 29 following the 11th round of the peace talks in Astana on Syria says that the sides confirmed their commitment to "enhance joint efforts on the establishment of a constitutional committee in Geneva", a timetable for which is not specified in the statement.