NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – On 10 December, the first day of the 14th round of Syrian talks started this morning in the capital of Kazakhstan with the participation of all sides of the Astana process.

The official representative of foreign ministry of Kazakhstan, Aybek Smadiyarov, told New Europe, almost all delegations arrived in the capital of Kazakhstan last night.

“Including a delegation of the Syrian opposition of 12 people arrived for the talks. Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria Geir Pedersen also arrived to Nur-Sultan at night,” Smadiyarov said.

Pedersen missed the 13th round of Syrian talks due to illness. The Russian delegation was led by the Special Representative of the President of Russia for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev.

Turkey was represented at the level of the deputy head of the foreign ministry – Sedat Önal. Iran – at the level of Senior Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs Ali Asghar Haji.

The delegations of Russia and Iran were the first, which to start negotiations since this morning. In the afternoon, negotiations between the delegations of Russia and the UN were held. At same time negotiations between the delegation of the Syrian government and the delegation of Turkey were held.

All negotiations had been held behind closed doors for the press. But Lavrentyev answered to some questions in sidelines of meeting. Journalists asked him, if the committee on the Syrian Constitution will move to Damascus. “No, we are not discussing this issue. We have agreed with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General to create a committee in Geneva and are ready to provide our assistance. But the committee could be moved to Damascus when the conditions will be favourable,” Lavrentiev said.

On 11 December, a plenary meeting will be held with participation of all sides of Astana process: delegations of guarantor countries – Iran, Russia and Turkey, the Syrian government and the Syrian armed opposition.

Negotiations in the capital of Kazakhstan to resolve the situation in Syria have been held since 2017. The latest negotiations were held in the capital of Kazakhstan on 1-2 August.