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Russia, Iran, Turkey say ready to broker Syria deal

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 01:15

Russia, Iran and Turkey say they are ready to help broker a Syrian peace deal after the three countries hold talks in Moscow and adopt a declaration which sets out the core principles of a Syria peace agreement. Mana Rabiee reports.

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They're calling it the "Moscow Declaration." A proposal between Russia, Turkey and Iran which Moscow says amounts to a roadmap for a Syria ceasefire and potentially an end to the protracted war. Foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran, plus their defense chiefs, have been meeting in Moscow to review the situation on the ground. The urgency for Russia - heightened - after its ambassador to Turkey was gunned down in Ankara by a man shouting "Don't forget Aleppo." The declaration broadly says Russia, Turkey and Iran - all key players in the Syrian conflict - are ready to help broker a peace deal. It offers to be - quote - the "guarantors" of peace negotiations already being hammered out between the Syrian government and the opposition. It couldn't have been an easy thing to draft. Russia and Iran back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but Turkey has supported some rebels and had preferred Assad step down. Tuesday's declaration sets out the principles of any peace agreement, including this crucial point: That the priority is to fight what Russia calls "terrorism" in Syria -- and NOT regime change.

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Russia, Iran, Turkey say ready to broker Syria deal

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 01:15