Turkey says it’s now time for Russia to decide on its next move, and clarify if it’s a reliable partner or not as millions of Syrians flee air strikes in Idlib.
Chances of reaching a political solution for the six-year war at the ongoing Geneva talks appear slim, as opposition and regime delegates struggle over the agenda and the United States' saying it no longer wants Bashar al Assad to step down.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced the deal. It said the evacuation of Al Foua, Kefraya, Zabadani and Madaya might not begin before April 4, but local ceasefires have gone into effect.
Fighting continued in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday, and near the central city of Hama, despite ongoing peace talks in Syria. The disconnect shows just how difficult it could be to stop the killing.
Warring sides continue fighting in Syria as representatives of some of them prepare to meet in Geneva for the next round of peace talks. In Turkey, a soldier was slain by a sniper firing across the border from Syria.
Chief negotiator for Bashar al Assad's regime, Bashar al-Ja'afari, says the Saudi Arabia-backed opposition will be responsible if peace talks falter.
This week is the first time Syrian regime and opposition delegates return to Geneva since UN-sponsored peace talks were suspended last April.
Attacks occur as world leaders at the Munich security conference pushed for a political solution to the six-year-long war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions.
Despite the Russian claim, the UN said it had no confirmation of a delay to the talks aimed at ending the six-year war in Syria. Neighbour Turkey reiterated that regime leader Bashar al Assad has "no place in Syria's future."
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