BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The upcoming Syrian peace conference that is scheduled to be held in the Kazakh capital of Astana on February 14th is expected to lay out the future of the country.
According to a government source in Damascus, the upcoming Astana Peace Conference will focus on several important issues that will deal with Syria’s territorial integrity.
The source said some of the following topics will be discussed among the Turkish, Russian, Iranian, and Syrian government and opposition delegations:
- Potential joint Russian-Turkish-Iranian Idlib operation
- Turkish safe zone in northern Syria
- Wide-scale prisoner exchange between government and opposition
- Constitutional committee
- Future presidential elections (2021)
- Refugee repatriation
The outcome of the first two topics could create a potential Sykes-Picot like break up of the country, especially with the northern part of the country falling under Turkish influence.
However, with no Kurdish political party present, any deal regarding the future of the territories governed by the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) will no doubt be rejected by the latter.
The Syrian government is trying to regain control of the entire country; however, as long as Turkish troops remain present in northern Syria, their territorial borders will remain limited to any zone influenced by Ankara.