According to reports from inside the new round of Syrian peace talks which are being held in the Kazakh capital of Astana, the participants have agreed on the specification of two of four de-escalation zones in the Arab country.
The participants in the peace talks – including the Syrian government and opposition as well as Iran, Russia and Turkey – have reached an agreement to declare Eastern Ghouta of Damascus and Northern Homs as two of the four de-escalation zones, Al-Alam news agency reported.
The Syrian government and opposition had attended four rounds of talks brokered by Iran, Russia and Turkey in Astana with the aim of reaching ceasefire and ending six years of conflict in Syria.
In the last round of Astana talks in May, all sides agreed to establish four de-escalation zones in Syria to reduce fighting in the country.
The fifth round of Astana talks officially began earlier on Tuesday.
Russian negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev has said that his country may deploy troops to de-escalation zones in Syria after agreement from Turkey and Iran. He made the remarks during the peace talks on Tuesday.
“Overall, (the agreement) provides for the presence of Russian military police in the buffer zones, but once again this matter has not been agreed yet…Depending on when the documents on safe zones are signed, I think one should expect concrete measures on the deployment of forces within 2-3 weeks,” he said.