Syrian rebels suspend peace talks over 'violations' by government forces
The agreement, hailed by Syria's government as a 'real opportunity' to find a political solution to the war, comes a week after the regime recaptured second city Aleppo in a major blow to rebel forces. Photograph: (Reuters)
About 10 Syrian rebel groups announced Monday they were suspending talks about planned peace negotiations this month in the Kazakh capital Astana, due to "violations" by Damascus of a four-day old truce.
"As these violations are continuing, the rebel factions announce... the freezing of all discussion linked to the Astana negotiations," they said in a joint statement, referring to talks planned for late January organised by Russia, which supports the Syrian regime, and Turkey which backs the rebels.