UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council says it looks forward to upcoming talks on Syria in Kazakhstan as "an important step" ahead of the resumption of U.N.-led talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva next month.
A council statement after a closed-door briefing Friday by U.N. political chief Jeffrey Feltman urged all parties to respect the cease-fire. Both sides have carried out attacks despite the truce that has been in place since Dec. 30.
Council members "welcomed and supported the efforts of Russia and Turkey to end violence, establish a cease-fire, and jumpstart a U.N.-led political process."
The talks in the Kazakh capital, Astana, start on Monday and council members said they look forward to new intra-Syria talks in Geneva on Feb. 8.