The fifth round of the two-day talks on the settlement of the situation in Syria began in Astana on July 4.
This time Mohammed Alloush, the former leader of the opposition delegation, did not come to the talks.
However, the representatives of the Syrian opposition arrived in Astana to participate in the fifth round of the inter-Syrian talks. We are talking, in particular, about the representatives of the so-called Southern Front, who was invited to take part in the meeting by a certain ‘third part’.
To be recalled is that on Tuesday the bilateral meetings between the delegations in closed mode are planned. And there will be a plenary session with the participation of all the sides on Wednesday, according to the agenda.
The Southern Front is a Syrian rebel alliance consisting of about 50 Syrian opposition factions, established in southern Syria on 13 February, 2014.
By June 2015, Southern Front controlled about 70 percent of Daraa Governorate, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Claims have been made by the Southern Front itself and by media in Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates that the Southern Front is being funded by the U.S. and its allies, possibly through a U.S.- led Military Operations Center (MOC) based in Amman, Jordan. Since its formation, rebels said, field operation rooms have been added inside Syria to improve coordination between the units. The coalition is described by the Western officials as the best organized of the mainstream opposition.
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