Turkey warns Syria talks at risk over truce violations

Turkey on Wednesday (January 4th) warned that planned Syrian peace talks co-sponsored by Russia were at risk, calling on the Syrian regime to halt violations of a ceasefire , AFP reported.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that if the truce were properly observed, the peace talks would start on January 23rd in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

"If we do not stop the increasing violations, the Astana process could fail," Cavusoglu told the state-run Anadolu news agency.

"When we look at who commits these violations, it is Hizbullah" and militias allied with the regime, he added.

The deal saw a ceasefire begin late December and the "main forces of the armed opposition" sign a document expressing a readiness to start peace talks.

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