Astana Talks

Astana talks to be held on December 21-22 — ministry

TASS– Another round of Syrian settlement consultation in the Kazakh capital city of Astana will be held on December 21-22, Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry said on Monday.

“The next international meeting on Syria within the Astana process will take place on December 21-22,” the ministry said.

According to the Kazakh foreign ministry, the talks are expected to yield a regulation on a working group on the release of prisoners, exchange of bodies of those killed and search for those missing. “Participants are also expected to discuss issues of the operation of de-escalation zones and adopt a joint statement on humanitarian demining in Syria, including at UNESCO sites,” the ministry said.

The seventh international high-level meeting on Syria was held in Astana on October 30-31. It involved delegations from the Syrian government and the armed opposition, from the Syrian ceasefire guarantor nation (Iran, Russia and Turkey) and representatives of the United Nations, the United States and Jordan.