Astana Summit: Ceasefire agreement and draft constitution presented to Syrian rebels

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January 24, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

RIA Novosti, translated by J. Arnoldski – 

Moscow has sent a new draft constitution for Syria to representatives of the armed opposition. This has been announced by the head of the Russian delegation to the Syria negotiations in Astana, Alexander Lavrentev.

According to Lavrentev, the draft was prepared by Russian specialists.

“I want to emphasize in particular that this was done by us solely for the reason that we want to accelerate this process and give some additional stimulus without in any way interfering in the actual process of considering or adopting a constitution,” Lavrentev stated.

As a result of the talks in Astana on January 23rd-24th, Russia, Iran, and Turkey adopted a joint statement in which they announced the establishment of a trilateral mechanism for observing a ceasefire. Its details will be worked out via military channels between Tehran, Moscow, and Ankara.

Russia, as Lavrentev stressed, does not exclude the emergence of new guarantors for the ceasefire agreement, but they must have real influence on the opposition.

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The head of the Syrian opposition delegation, Mohammad Alloush, in turn drew attention to Russia’s growing role in establishing peace in Syria and expressed hope that Moscow will continue to play a positive role in supporting a “real, just political process.” 

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