Story : Kazakhstan-Syria Peace Talks
File ID : 396371
Video ID : 10343695
Date : Feb 16, 2017
Published : February 17, 2017
Duration : 1'28
Location(s) : Astana, Kazakhstan
Type : Russian/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
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Summary : Second round of Syria Peace Talks wraps up with little progress
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Astana, Kazakhstan - Feb 16, 2017
1. Various of negotiators entering meeting room
2. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Alexander Lavrentiev, head of Russian delegation to the Syrian peace talks:
"Judging from these rounds of talks, I would say that it is going to take a long period of time to realize direct negotiations between the two sides of the Syrian conflict. Like what I have said, little mutual trust exists between them. They have been accusing each other all the time. But I believe that we have to move on every time, moving forward step by step, leaving no room for more conflicts."
3. Various of negotiators for Syrian government
4. Various of Russian negotiators
5. Various of negotiators for Syrian opposition

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The two-day second round of Syria peace talks ended Thursday in Astana, Kazakhstan, with little progress.

It will take a long time to let the Syrian government and the opposition to come into direct dialogues, said head of the Russian delegation Alexander Lavrentiev.

"Judging from these rounds of talks, I would say that it will take a long period of time to realize direct negotiations between the two parties to the Syrian conflict. Like what I have said, little mutual trust exists between them. They have been accusing each other all the time. But I believe that we have to move on every time, moving forward step by step, leaving no room for more conflicts," said Lavrentiev.

The Syrian government urged Turkey to withdraw its troops from Syria and close the Turkish-Syrian border to stop the flow of terrorists.

Bashar al-Ja'afari, head of the Syrian government delegation, stated that Turkey should bear the responsibilities for violating Syria's sovereignty.

Bashar al-Ja'afari said that the Turkish government is responsible for the security of the 910-kilometer border shared with Syria.

He said that the Syrian government will study a negotiating document on the setting up of a tripartite operations group for monitoring the ceasefire with the participation of Russia, Turkey and Iran.

According to the Head of the Syrian government delegation, the Geneva Conference should take into account all the results and the resolution of negotiations in Astana.

Mohammed Alloush, chief of the Syrian opposition delegation, said Syria's armed opposition does not accept Iran as a party to the monitoring mechanism.

He said that a decision on the participation of Syria's armed opposition at the upcoming meeting in Astana will be made only after an assessment of the results of the latest talks is made.

The next meeting will take place in Astana in a month's time. The working group will meet to continue working on the peace process.

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