Kazakhstan ready to provide platform for Syria conflict mediation
Apr 20. Trend
By Elena Kosolapova
Kazakhstan is ready to provide a platform for negotiations to resolve the situation in Syria, Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov in a letter to Syrian oposition, RIA Novosti reported.
Earlier, representatives of the Syrian opposition officially appealed to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev with a request to mediate further negotiations for resolving the ongoing crisis in Syria.
“We are committed to support the attempts to establish peace and stability in Syria made by international community and individual countries. We would be fundamentally willing to consider the creation of a platform for dialogue of the parties,” Erlan Idrisov said.
He also invited the Syrian opposition to Kazakhstan to discuss Astana’s mediation. He said the Kazakh foreign ministry would be happy to conduct a preliminary informal (non-public) exchange of views.
During the conflict in Syria which began in March 2011, over 150,000 people were killed and over 4.5 million have become refugees in Syrian territory as well as 2.5 million having fled to neighbouring countries.
The main burden of receiving refugees lay on Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The total population of Syria before the conflict amounted to 20 million.
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Syrian opposition ready to visit Kazakhstan’s Astana to discuss mediation
Apr 20. Trend
A group of Syrian oppositionists will visit Astana the next week to discuss the possibility of holding inter-Syrian talks in Kazakhstan, RIA Novosti quoted the leader of the Syrian Movement for a Pluralistic Society, Randa Kassis, as saying Apr. 20.
Earlier, the representatives of the Syrian opposition sent an official appeal to Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev asking to mediate the further negotiations on resolving the crisis in Syria.
On Apr. 20, it was announced that the Kazakh foreign minister, Yerlan Idrissov, responded to this initiative with an agreement in principle and invited the Syrian oppositionists to Astana for a preliminary exchange of views.
“We, the representatives of the Syrian opposition, who signed an appeal addressed to Kazakhstan’s president, intend to visit Astana on April 27,” said Kassis.
The Syrian conflict, which broke out in March 2011, has killed over 150,000 people, and more than 4.5 million have become refugees in Syrian territory as well as 2.5 million having fled to neighbouring countries.