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 )

AFP Beirut, Beirut Governorate, Lebanon Jan 02, 2017, 10.14 PM (IST)

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.