Syrian opposition figures were en route to the Kazakh capital on Wednesday for fresh talks on reinforcing a faltering six-week truce, a spokesman and other opposition officials told AFP.
“We are going now to Astana as the official opposition delegation,” spokesman Yehya Al-Aridi told AFP by phone.
The team will be again headed by Mohammad Alloush, a leading figure of Jaish Al-Islam, but would be “smaller” than the last round.
“We are going there for one particular thing, an essential matter: We were promised that there is going to be affirmation of the cease-fire,” Aridi said.
The Istanbul-based National Coalition on Wednesday said these violations would make up a cornerstone of the Astana talks.
National Coalition spokesman Ahmad Ramadan said the delegation will include Alloush and five other opposition figures.
He said violations included “aerial and artillery bombardment, forced displacement, the lack of a solution for detainees and the continued besiegement of 800,000 civilians.”
Alloush was also expected to insist that political matters — like a transition of power — be discussed only in upcoming UN-brokered talks in Geneva.
Syrian state media reported Wednesday that a government delegation had arrived in Kazakhstan.
The Astana initiative has left the West on the sidelines of the latest push to end the war in Syria that has claimed more than 310,000 lives since 2011.