After last Geneva round, UN Syria envoy seeks Russia's help

After last Geneva round, UN Syria envoy seeks Russia's help

Syrian senior opposition official Ahmad Toma said in Astana that he will not make a unilateral decision on whether the opposition will attend next month's conference in Sochi or not, adding that he will have to raise the matter with opposition and rebel leaders in Syria.

Thursday's bilateral and multilateral talks will take place in a closed-door format. Russia, Iran and Turkey will hold a meeting in Sochi on January 19-20 in preparation for the Congress.

Turkey considers the PYD and its military wing the YPG to be terrorist organisations, due to their affiliation with the PKK.

Earlier in the day, Turkey vetoed the involvement of the PKK/PYD or any related groups at the planned gathering.

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More than 1,200 people in Turkey, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and European Union - resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015.

The U.S. said it will maintain its presence in Syria to fight the Islamic State group and "reinforce stability in liberated areas".

In a meeting with the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in the Kazakh city of Astana on Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari said it is necessary for the UN to play a role in resolving the regional crises.

The new round of Syria peace talks backed by powerbrokers Iran, Russia, and Turkey kicked off in Astana on Thursday.

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