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Turkish FM urges Russia over Syria peace plan

Orient Net - AA 2017-01-07 05:43:00

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevult Cavusoglu has called on Russia to keep Assad regime to its pledge of complying with a ceasefire brokered jointly by Moscow and Ankara.

While he was visiting New York City Thursday to meet United Nations’ new Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Cavusoglu told reporters he was worried by breaches of the ceasefire, which was endorsed over the weekend by the UN Security Council (UNSC).

“They need to stop the regime and affiliated groups,” Cavusoglu said. “Everybody must keep their word, and show that they stand by the obligations they undertook,” he added.

All of the violations were committed by the Assad regime, adding that Ankara was doing its best to keep opposition fighters from retaliating. “However, this will be extremely difficult if the other side keeps doing this. We need to recognize this reality,” he said.

Turkey and Russia are guarantors of a peace plan that involves a ceasefire as well as a return to the political process.

It also calls a meeting between Assad regime and opposition in Kazakhstan’s Astana, ahead of a revival of the Geneva talks on February 8.

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