Syria Peace Talks Begin in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan officials prepare working space for delegations at a hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 23, 2017.
Kazakhstan officials prepare working space for delegations at a hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 23, 2017.

ASTANA — Syrian government and opposition delegates gathered Monday in Kazakhstan’s capital for peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey that rebel sources said would not include direct negotiations.

The negotiations in Astana were expected to focus on cementing a nation-wide cease-fire mediated by Russia, Iran and Turkey in December that has largely held.

This undated handout photo released, Jan. 2, 2017, by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show Russian Military engineers operating in Aleppo, Syria.

This undated handout photo released, Jan. 2, 2017, by the Russian Defense Ministry claims to show Russian Military engineers operating in Aleppo, Syria.

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SOURCE: VOA News Online

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