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Syrian rebels suspend participation in Astana peace talks
Raushan Nurshayeva, John Davison, Reuters, May 3 2017

The Syrian armed opposition said on Wednesday it had suspended its participation in peace talks being held in Kazakhstan and demanded an end to government bombing of areas under its control. A senior official from Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry, however, told reporters he expected Syrian opposition figures to return to the talks on Thursday. Another diplomat close to the talks also said the rebels were not walking out completely. Ahmad Ramadan, a spox for the Nazi cunt death squads (SNC), said:

The delegation has suspended its participation after presenting a memorandum for a total commitment to stopping bombardments.

In the memorandum, the rebels demanded “clear implementation procedures” for matters such as enforcing a ceasefire, withdrawal of government forces from areas taken by them since Dec 30 last year, and release of detainees. They also again insisted on Assad’s departure and objected once again to Iran’s role in the process, describing it as an “aggressor state.” In a phone call on Tuesday, Trump and Putin sought to defuse tension arising from U.S. air strikes on Syrian government forces in April, expressing a wish for a ceasefire and safe zones for the civil war’s refugees. Trump said that Fschingstein would send a rep to the talks in Astana on Wednesday and Thursday. The State Dept said acting Asst Sec Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones would attend as an observer. Aidarbek Tumatov of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry told reporters the rebels had met Pindo and UN delegations on Wednesday. He said:

Tomorrow, I hope, the opposition will also take part.

De Mistura also voiced hope that the rebels would return to the negotiation table. His office quoted him as saying:

I hope they will because what is important is also to look at the possibility of an outcome on de-escalation. Every time, every time, we have been having a meeting or a discussion about cessation of hostilities or de-escalation in this case, there have been some incidents produced by one side or the other. The secret is to try to make sure that those incidents stop but also do not kill the opportunity for good news related to that.

Also on Wednesday, Putin met Erdogan in Sochi and they reaffirmed their commitment to working together to end Syria’s war. Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu told reporters on the sidelines of the Sochi meeting that the sponsors of the Astana talks had already agreed three documents and were discussing a fourth. He said:

On this deconflicting issue we are having very positive discussions in Astana and I’m hopeful we will reach an understanding on this as well.

Russia’s lead negotiator in Astana, Alexander Lavrentyev, said he hoped the sides would sign a memorandum on safe zones on Thursday. He dismissed the rebels’ ultimatum as a bid to put pressure on Moscow, Ankara and Tehran, saying with typical disregard for High Nazi geopolitical reality:

The Syrian opposition must participate in the talks. We hope common sense prevails.

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