Turkey, Russia, Iran to supervise Syrian cease-fire

UN-sponsored Syria peace talks from 23 Feb UN Syria envoy

The session is attended by the delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran, as well as delegations from the Syrian government and opposition.

Astana: The start of Syrian crisis talks has been delayed by a day after the late arrival of Syrian rebel negotiators, who have made a decision to only send a group of technical experts after threatening to boycott the meeting, sources and the delegation said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday said the Astana meeting would be a chance to "monitor the commitment of different parties to refrain from using force and to promote, encourage, the political process".

The arrival of a downgraded Turkish delegation with the rebels on the last day of the talks in the Kazakh capital also signaled that they were not serious about participating in the talks, Ja'afari said.

Head of the Syrian armed opposition delegation Mohammed Alloush was among the people who arrived in Astana early on Thursday.

Syria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari gestures as he speaks during a press conference following the second round of the Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, February 16, 2017.

He also called on all Syria groups to join peaceful talks with the Damascus government.

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A new round of broader, UN-backed peace talks is due to begin in Geneva next week.

The first set of talks on Syria that took place in the Central Asian country's capital in January did not result in any significant breakthrough.

The HNC has said it wants to have a face-to-face meeting with the regime, something that did not happen last month in Astana.

Russian Federation has maintained good ties with the Kurdish region, and pushed hard to include them in the Syrian talks aimed to end the six-year civil war, especially in Geneva, a move strongly opposed by Turkey and the HNC.

The HNC touted the delegation as "unified" and said it includes representatives from two rival opposition groupings known informally as the Cairo and Moscow groups.

While Russia and Iran back the regime with military might, Turkey has supported rebels fighting to oust Assad.

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