Turkey says truce violations put Syria talks in jeopardy
BEIRUT - Turkey says repeated cease-fire violations by the Syrian government are threatening to derail scheduled peace talks in Kazakhstan.
Speaking to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency today, the country's foreign minister said Iran needs to address the cease-fire violations in Syria by the government and its allies.
Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and a guarantor of a tenuous cease-fire agreement that came into force shortly before the new year. Turkey is a sponsor of the Syrian opposition.
The cease-fire is supposed to prepare the way for talks in Kazakhstan, in late January between the government and the opposition. Those talks will be brokered by Russia, Iran, and Turkey.