Russia seeks UN backing for Syria truce

The ceasefire was holding across most of Syria, though clashes near Damascus underlined the fragility of the deal brokered Turkey and RussiaA ceasefire held across most of Syria for the second day Saturday despite sporadic clashes near Damascus as Russia pushed for a UN resolution on the truce it brokered. Moscow says it wants the United Nations to be involved in peace talks between Damascus and rebels in Kazakhstan in January, although the UN is negotiating separately for an to end the war. Rebel supporter Turkey and key regime ally Russia, which brokered the ceasefire, say the talks in the Kazakh capital Astana aim to supplement UN-backed peace efforts, rather than replace them.

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