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UN endorses Syria ceasefire negotiations

The United Nations has adopted a resolution supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and start peace negotiations.

Russia and Turkey announced the ceasefire this week, the third truce this year seeking to end the nearly six years of war in Syria.

Peace talks between President Bashar al-Assad's government and rebel forces in Syria are set to take place next year in Kazakhstan.

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Putin: Peace talks to follow Syria ceasefire

Russian President Vladimir Putin announces the ceasefire. Credit: Eurovision

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that peace talks will follow the ceasefire agreement between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters.

The talks will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan, but President Putin did not indicate when they might take place.

President Putin added that Russia will decrease its military deployment in Syria, following the ceasefire agreement, but said Russia will continue "fighting international terrorism in Syria" and supporting Assad's military.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said President-elect Donald Trump's administration will be welcome to join the Syrian peace process once he takes office.

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