Syrian peace talks on Jan. 25 in Geneva

Syrian peace talksThe United Nations Syria mediator, Staffan de Mistura, aims to convene Syrian peace talks on Jan. 25 in Geneva, his spokesman said in a statement on Saturday.

“He counts on full cooperation of all the relevant Syrian parties in this process. Continuing developments on the ground should not be allowed to derail it,” the statement said.

It was issued a day after Zahran Alloush, a top rebel leader, was killed in an air strike on the edge of Damascus.

De Mistura has “intensified efforts” towards convening the talks on the target date.