Russia to ask U.N. Security Council to endorse Syria ceasefire - ambassador | Reuters

 Russia to ask U.N. Security Council to endorse Syria ceasefire - ambassador
| Reuters

By David Ingram
| UNITED NATIONS

UNITED NATIONS Russia has circulated a proposed resolution at the U.N. Security Council that would endorse the fragile ceasefire aimed at ending nearly six years of war, the country's ambassador to the United Nations said on Friday.Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters before a Security Council meeting that he hoped the council would vote on the resolution on Saturday.Clashes, shelling and air raids in western Syria marred the truce on Friday shortly after it went into force at midnight (2200 GMT on Thursday) with the backing of Russia and Turkey.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the parties were prepared to start peace talks intended to take place in Astana, Kazakhstan. Syrian state media said late on Thursday those talks would take place "soon."

Churkin told reporters that the seven rebel groups involved in talks so far represent 60,000 soldiers, and that others would be welcome. "All those who really want to enter into serious negotiations with the government, who regard themselves as opposition but are prepared to enter into serious negotiations with the government, they're welcome to show up in Astana, so we'll see," he said.

(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Howard Goller)

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Updated Date: Dec 30, 2016 22:31:44 IST