ASTANA (Kazakhstan) – The peace talks on Syria, of the Astana process, which brought together for two days representatives of Russia, Iran and Turkey in the capital of Kazakhstan, stumbled on the elaboration of a new Constitution for Syria, lamented the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura.
A new meeting in Astana, the Kazakh capital, ended Thursday without "tangible progress" on the establishment of a Constitutional Committee, deplored Mr. de Mistura, regretting "lost opportunity", ten months after the will of the three countries in Sotschi to launch a Constitutional Committee.
million. de Mistura said he was ready to facilitate further discussions next week.
In a message, he expressed his "deep gratitude" to his special adviser on humanitarian issues Jan Egeland who chaired Thursday in Geneva its last meeting of the Working Group of 23 countries. In front of the press, he welcomed the fact that Russia and Turkey confirmed during this discussion their wish to maintain their agreement on demilitarized zones in Idleb (northern Syria).
In a statement, the US State Department also regrets the lack of progress in the talks in Astana.
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"For ten months, the initiative of Astana / Sochi", in reference to the Kazakh and Russian cities where its participants meet, "produced a stalemate" on the Syrian Constitutional Committee, said the spokesman of American diplomacy Heather Nauert.
According to her, "to set up and convene, by the end of the year, this Constitutional Committee in Geneva is vital for a lasting de-escalation and a political solution to the conflict".
The Astana process launched by Moscow in early 2017 is in parallel with the other discussions on Syria in Geneva, under the aegis of the UN.