ASTANA, January 11. /TASS/. Kazakhstan confirms its readiness to host the talks on the Syrian settlement in Astana, the country’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said during the open debate in the UN Security Council on Tuesday.Of course I'll be following those talks
"Once again the Kazakh leadership’s readiness was confirmed to provide a venue for talks in Astana on establishing peace in Syria," the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
During the debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace, the Kazakh side drew the attention of participants to "the importance of joint efforts of preventive diplomacy, promoting and enhancing measures of trust, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, resolving conflicts and countering international terrorism," the ministry said.
The talks on Syria in Astana are scheduled to be held on January 23
It’s being reported the “rebels” prefer to talk at the UN sponsored Geneva talks
"Behind the scenes we know that the opposition is not keen on these talks," Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaziantep on the Turkish side of the Syria-Turkey border, said.
"What they want to attend is the UN-sponsored talks in Geneva scheduled for February," she added.
"We are hearing that perhaps a low-level delegation by the Free Syrian Army and the High Negotiations Committee bloc could attend. At the same time, they are saying if violations of the ceasefire in besieged areas continue they will not do that."