Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Syrian Source: Turkey Continues Stonewalling in Astana Talks

 A source close to the Syrian delegation in Astana talks complained that Turkey is troubling attainment of an agreement between the Damascus government and the opposition to end the war.

"Turkey continues stonewalling in the meetings in a bid to insert interpretations and terms that run counter to the main theme and goal of the Astana meeting which is ceasefire in Syria," the source told SANA news agency on Tuesday.

He voiced regret that Turkey has released a copy of the final statement of Astana meeting which has not been agreed yet by all sides.

The source referred to continued unofficial meetings among the Russian, Syrian and Iranian delegations who seek positive results out of the Astana conference, and said, "Turkey is rocking the boat."

His remarks came after a prominent Syrian analyst cast strong doubts about "Turkey's suspicious role and position" in Astana talks, given its continued support for the terrorists in Idlib.

"While the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers stress their clear positions on fight against terrorism, (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) there is no faith in Erdogan's sincerity as his country is likely to be after deceptive acts," Hayyan Salman told FNA on Monday.

Noting that Turkey's U-turn in its positions on Syria resulted from the change of power equations in the Syrian battlefield, he said, "Despite the existing contradictions, the most important of which Turkey's deceptive position, the Astana meeting is considered as a step on the right path."

"The Turkish government's continued dispatch of terrorists, suicide bombers and tanks to Idlib and other regions in Syria show that Erdogan is not serious about stopping support for terrorism and is actually attempting to misuse it," Salman said.
 [ farsnews.com]

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