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Key points in the Syria statement issued in Astana

  • Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, left, and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov shake hands, as Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari, right, shake hands and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura stand after the final statement following the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Russia, Iran and Turkey _ sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions _ pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, left, and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov shake hands, as Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari, right, shake hands and UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura stand after the final statement following the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Russia, Iran and Turkey _ sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions _ pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)  (The Associated Press)

  • Yahya Al-Aridi, spokesman for the Syrian opposition, speaks to the media ahead of the Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan's capital is the latest in a long line of diplomatic initiatives aimed at ending the nearly 6-year-old civil war. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Yahya Al-Aridi, spokesman for the Syrian opposition, speaks to the media ahead of the Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. The face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan's capital is the latest in a long line of diplomatic initiatives aimed at ending the nearly 6-year-old civil war. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)  (The Associated Press)

  • From left, Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari pose for a photo after the final statement following the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Russia, Iran and Turkey _ sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions _ pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    From left, Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Sedat Onal, Russia's special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaber Ansari pose for a photo after the final statement following the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Russia, Iran and Turkey _ sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions _ pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)  (The Associated Press)

Russia, Turkey and Iran, who sponsored the first face-to-face meeting between Syria's armed opposition and Syrian government in Kazakhstan this week, issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the talks Tuesday announcing their intention to establish a trilateral mechanism to ensure full compliance with a cease-fire for Syria in place since Dec. 30.

Here are key points in the agreement:

CEASE-FIRE ENFORCEMENT

The parties pledged to use their influence to consolidate the cease-fire and to set up a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the cease fire, prevent any provocations and determine all modalities of the cease-fire. The parties also pledged concrete efforts that would contribute to minimizing violations, reducing violence, building confidence and ensuring unhindered humanitarian access swiftly and smoothly.

FIGHTING MILITANTS

The three nations reiterated their determination to fight jointly against the Islamic State group and the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria and to separate from them other armed opposition groups.

JUMPSTARTING PEACE TALKS

The parties underlined the urgent necessity to jumpstart peace talks, adding that the meeting in Astana is an effective platform for a direct dialogue between the government and the opposition in accordance with U.N. Security Council resolutions. They supported what they said was the willingness of the armed opposition groups to participate in the next round of negotiations to be held between the government and the opposition under the U.N. auspices in Geneva around Feb. 8.