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Astana-9: Talks on Syria Enter Second Day

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The ninth round of Astana talks on Syria continued on Tuesday after an opposition delegation arrived in capital Astana in the early hours. 

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The opposition delegation comprises of 24 people representing all of Syria, according to sources that attended the meeting but wished to remain anonymous due to media restrictions.

Opposition sources speaking to Anadolu Agency said their agenda for the meeting includes working on a document on the condition of captives and hostages as well as completing ceasefire monitoring points in Idlib by Turkish soldiers.

A Turkish delegation, chaired by Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, met the opposition delegation in Astana at 0430 GMT. 

Following the meeting, Turkey, Iran and Russia are expected to hold a trilateral guarantors' meeting.

The main meeting, which is to be attended by all parties, is expected to be held in the afternoon, during which a final declaration would be announced.

Relatively, all parties have agreed to maintain the monitoring points in Idlib built by Turkey; third meeting for the peace talks is planned to be held in Turkey next month.

Working group on the release of captives and hostages have also made progress, the sources added.

During Monday's meeting, latest developments in the de-escalation zone, the releases of captives and hostages were addressed by representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran -- the guarantor states that brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016.

During the eighth round of peace talks aimed at ending the Syria conflict on December 21-22, 2017, the delegations agreed on the release of detainees and clearing mines at historical sites in the country.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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