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Turkey, Russia, Iran vow to consolidate Syria ceasefire

[ March 17, 2017 ]

Astana: Turkey, Russia and Iran have decided to bolster cooperation on Syria, Kazakhstan's Deputy Foreign Minister Akylbek Kamaldinov said on Wednesday, Anadolu Agency reported.
Reading a joint statement following the second day of the third round of peace talks on the Syrian conflict in the Kazakh capital Astana, Kamaldinov said the parties emphasized their determination to strengthen the ceasefire in Syria.

"They agreed on reporting ceasefire violations [in Syria], ensuring a decrease in breaches and bolstering the effectiveness of the trilateral monitoring mechanism," he said, adding that they also agreed that Iran would join Turkey and Russia as an "official" guarantor of the ceasefire.
Astana talks, which focused on the ceasefire agreement that came into effect on December 30 last year, have been brokered by Turkey, which backs the Syrian opposition, and Russia and Iran, who support Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Following the December 30 ceasefire, the first round of Astana talks was held on 23-24 January 2017, during which Turkey, Russia and Iran established a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the truce in Syria.
The Kazakh deputy foreign minister said the parties also agreed to work on protecting Syria's historical artifacts, which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. He added that the next meeting in Astana will be held on May 3-4, noting that a preparatory meeting will be held in the Iranian capital of Tehran on April 17-19.