Turkey, Iran call for Syria ceasefire before peace talks

Turkish FM Iran FM RouhaniThe foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran called on Wednesday for a ceasefire in Syria before peace talks in Geneva scheduled for January 22, Iranian media reported.

“All our efforts are to end the conflict and for a ceasefire if possible, even before the Geneva 2 conference takes place,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a news conference in Tehran with his Turkish counterpart Ahmad Davutoglu, Mehr news agency reported.

Davutoglu said: “We should not wait for this two months” before the peace conference convenes. “The Syrian people are in a worsening situation.”

Iran and Turkey support opposing sides in the 2-1/2-year-old Syrian conflict, but the joint ceasefire call suggests the regional rivals are now more willing to work together.

Iran, which along with Russia is the main backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has said it is prepared to take part in the Syria peace talks in Geneva if invited.

The Syrian government has said it will attend the talks but will not bow to Western demands for Assad to step aside.

Assad’s opponents are divided over the peace talks. General Salim Idriss, who commands the rebel Free Syrian Army, said his group would not take part in them and would fight on regardless.

Reuters

  • Reasonableman

    Well if world powers really have to wait a month and a half at minimum to get together on the dinner table, then the fighting will going on before during and after the meeting.
    It has no peaceful substence about it.

  • Reasonableman

    Well if world powers really have to wait a month and a half at minimum to get together on the dinner table, then the fighting will going on before during and after the meeting.
    It has no peaceful substence about it.

  • 5thDrawer

    Fat chance of a ‘ceasefire’ – especially with ‘helper Iran’ in the mix with Hezzys – which propped up Assad for over a year. Do you think the Turk reminded the Iranian of that??
    What they now call ‘the opposition’ – or variously, rebels or terrorists – wants ONE main thing, and Assad-the-Ego isn’t going to give it.
    Winter is here … they better line up digging equipment for the frozen ground before the starved bodies thaw in Spring.

  • 5thDrawer

    Fat chance of a ‘ceasefire’ – especially with ‘helper Iran’ in the mix with Hezzys – which propped up Assad for over a year. Do you think the Turk reminded the Iranian of that??
    What they now call ‘the opposition’ – or variously, rebels or terrorists – wants ONE main thing, and Assad-the-Ego isn’t going to give it.
    Winter is here … they better line up digging equipment for the frozen ground before the starved bodies thaw in Spring.

  • bypest

    Assad does not need peace anymore; he is in a position to burn at the stake all traitors and mercenaries. Thus I question why the “rebel” side in these talks are indicated to put forth impossible terms, namely the stepping down of Assad. They should know that they are no longer in a position to dictate terms. Insha’Allah, Aleppo will be liberated in a few months!

  • bypest

    Assad does not need peace anymore; he is in a position to burn at the stake all traitors. Insha’Allah, Aleppo will be liberated in a few months!