Turkey aims to establish Syria ceasefire before new year, foreign minister says

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Turkey aims to establish a ceasefire in Syria before the new year, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, adding that Ankara would not hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a news conference after the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, Russia, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a news conference after the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, Russia, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Turkey said on Wednesday that it and Russia had prepared an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria. Details about the agreement remain hazy.

Cavusoglu told broadcaster AHaber in an interview that Turkey, along with Russia, aimed to be a guarantor of the ceasefire.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz, Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)


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