Held in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana Talks are planned as indirect talks between Syrian rebel factions and government representatives. It is a major international and regional step taken towards the transformation from a military face-off into a political process. Within the Talks, hopes on a possible scenario that would lead to vis-à-vis meetings between opposition figures and representatives of Bashar al-Assad’s government are embedded. The Talks occur in sponsorship of Turkey, Russia, and Iran. The declaration of Talks also implies a gravitation of interest towards Russian peace-brokering by actors. The significance of the Talks has been perceived in a far broader context which goes beyond the scope of the Syrian crisis, effectively transforming into an issue to be dealt internationally.
Under-Secretary-General: Nihan Üçer
Academic Assistant: Tayis Arslan
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