UN Security Council supports Turkey-Russia peace talks on Syria

UN Security Council supports Turkey-Russia peace talks on Syria

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to adopt a resolution endorsing the peace talks brokered by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria.

The Syrian government will meet with a representative from the opposition in Kazakhstan next month, according to the resolution as first reported by The Associated Press.

The Obama administration indicated it supported a nationwide ceasefire in Syria with "unfettered humanitarian access" but said it regrets details of the deal not having yet been made public. 

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U.S. deputy ambassador Michele Sison said that the "the goals are laudable and we welcome all efforts to end the violence," according to the AP.

"We have voted in favor of this resolution because it strikes the right balance — cautious optimism and support, predicated on hope, but tempered by a realistic need to wait to see how this arrangement is implemented before casting the full weight of the Security Council behind it," she said.

She also said the U.S. was concerned about reports of a Syrian offensive in Wadi Barada.

The resolution comes after talks were held in Moscow between Iran, Russia and Turkey earlier this month. The United States was not part of the meetings.

The revised resolution excluded support of the ceasefire negotiated by Turkey and Russia.

It also requires the "rapid, safe and unhindered” distribution of humanitarian aid in Syria.

Syria has been in a state of armed conflict since 2011. Russia has recently come to the aid of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, helping his regime retake formerly rebel-held eastern Aleppo from opposition groups. 

Turkey and Russia have been on opposite sides of the conflict, with Turkey backing some of the rebel groups fighting Assad’s forces.