Syria peace conference in Russia's Sochi got off to a bad start as some opposition delegates objected to the Assad regime's flag and emblem. Turkey is representing the delegation in the summit.
Turkish, Russian and Iranian delegations in Astana agreed to hold the congress next month, following an eighth round of peace talks that ended on Friday.
Turkish officials at the Astana peace talks reject the involvement of US-backed PYD and its military wing, the YPG, at the planned Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for January 29-30.
In the Kazakh capital, Astana, a seventh round of talks on settling Syrian war brokered by Turkey, Russia and Iran will address strengthening ceasefire, release of captives and hostages.
Russia's lead negotiator Alexander Lavrentiev says Turkey, Russia and Iran failed to establish the "de-escalation zones" in war-torn Syria. The trio plan to take up the issue in a meeting in Iran next month.
The second round of peace talks in Kazakhstan's capital ended without a major breakthrough. Syrian regime officials and opposition representatives agree to swap prisoners and continue to honour the ceasefire overseen by Turkey, Russia and Iran.
Talks have been rescheduled for Thursday, when the participants will focus on bolstering a shaky ceasefire on the ground.
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