Turkey accuses Syria government of truce violations

    Turkey accuses Syria government of truce violations

    Jan.5, Ankara: Turkey has accused the Syrian government of violating a fragile ceasefire in the country and said the new round of negotiations to be held in Kazakh capital Astana was at risk.

    The Russian-Turkish brokered ceasefire last week has brought calm to large parts of Syria, but has been threatened by ongoing fighting in the Wadi Barada region near the capital Damascus.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday urged the Syrian government and its backers to end their "violations" of the truce, warning they were jeopardising the planned talks to be held in Astana this month.

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

    Syrian government forces backed by Lebanon's armed Hezbollah group are fighting to recapture Wadi Barada, the main source of water to Damascus.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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