Ceasefire implementation to be key issue at upcoming Astana talks

January 14, 2017 04:16

Reaching and implementing a ceasefire in Syria will be the main focus at the upcoming peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana, Syrian opposition delegation leader and former army general Mustafa al-Sheikh said on Friday in Moscow.

At a press briefing, al-Sheikh, the former head of the Free Syrian Army military council, said it would be a major achievement if the Astana talks, scheduled for Jan. 23, would lead to a nationwide ceasefire in the war-torn country.A "nationwide" ceasefire agreement backed by Russia and Turkey was reached in December, but fighting in certain parts of Syria have continued. The opposition delegation has called for a 10-day ceasefire that would include parts of the country such as Damascus and east Ghouta starting on Friday.

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