Kazakh Foreign Ministry: Astana meeting is major step toward peace in Syria

Kazakhstan considers the outcome of the 4th round of talks on Syria in Astana to be a significant step toward peace in the country, a press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said.

"Kazakhstan considers the outcome of the 4th international meeting on Syria in Astana as another significant step toward establishing peace in the country," the statement said.

The ministry noted that Kazakhstan calls on the parties to implement all agreements and confirms its readiness to further continue to contribute to international efforts aimed at searching for different ways of political settlement of the Syrian conflict, in particular as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

The ministry pointed out that signing a pact on the creation of so-called de-escalation zones where Syrian government and opposition forces would not be allowed to engage, became the main outcome of the negotiations.

"The signed document notes that within the borders of the four security zones, which include Idlib province and part of the provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo, the area to the north of Homs, Eastern Ghouta, as well as Deraa and Quneitra provinces in southern Syria, hostilities between the warring parties should be ceased, use of any kind of weapons, including aircraft would be prohibited, delivery of humanitarian aid and medicine would be secured, conditions for the restoration of basic infrastructure for the needs of the population, safe and voluntary return of refugees would be created," the statement said.

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