Russia, Iran, Turkey agree on Syria safe zones; opposition rejects plan

By REUTERS
May 4, 2017 18:43
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Following a new round of Syria peace talks held in the Kazakh capital Astana, Russia, Turkey and Iran signed on Thursday  a memorandum on creating safe zones in Syria.

Kazakh Foreign Minister, Kairat Abdrakhmanov said the zones will help to improve the deescalation process and announced a new round of talks in Astana in mid-July 2017.

Syria's armed opposition however said it could not accept creating safe zones in Syria because it threatens the country's territorial integrity and said it would also not recognize Iran as a guarantor of the peace plan.

Russia's lead negotiator on Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said that Moscow was ready to work more closely with the United States and Saudi Arabia on Syria.

He also said that Moscow was ready to send its observers to Syria's free zones.


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