Syria opposition eschews planned talks in Kazakhstan

Citing truce violations by Assad regime and its allies, opposition groups say they will not attend scheduled talks in Astana

Syria opposition eschews planned talks in Kazakhstan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Syrian opposition groups say they will not take part in a meeting in Kazakhstan to be held later this month with a view to ending the ongoing Syria conflict.

Following the signing last week of a ceasefire deal brokered by Turkey and Russia, the two countries had called for a meeting in Kazakh capital Astana aimed at kick-starting Syria’s moribund political process.

In a statement issued Monday evening, however, Syrian opposition groups said they would not be attending the scheduled talks.

"We are suspending all talks and consultations linked to the Astana negotiations until the [Syrian regime] adheres to the ceasefire," the statement read.

Opposition groups went on to assert that continued aggression by the Assad regime and its allies constituted a breach of last week’s ceasefire deal, which went into effect last Friday night.

On Jan. 1, at least eight people were killed -- including two children -- by regime attacks in the Aleppo, Damascus and Homs provinces, according to local sources who spoke anonymously due to fears for their safety.

Syria has remained locked in a devastating civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed -- and more than 10 million displaced -- as a direct result of the conflict, according to UN figures.

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