>> Reaffirming a fragile ceasefire between Syria's government and rebels, their backers, Russia, Turkey, and Iran, issuing a joint statement to end two days of talks in the Kazakh capital. Ankara, which backs the rebels, and Moscow, standing behind the government, keen to disentangle themselves from the Syrian mire. Reuters Moscow Bureau Chief says that ad hoc partnership gave the talks impetus.
>> It's a very interesting alliance and very unlikely, because they're on opposite sides of this. I think they feel that this conflict has gone far enough, it's actually causing potential blowback for both of their countries. And so they share an interest in trying to find a solution now.
They're promising to make sure there's full compliance on the ground, from the fighters they back. Each side accuses the other of breaches. And the smacks of being imposed from on high. Rebel delegates already saying they're unhappy.>> Finally we have a consensual paper.>> Unlike the government which promptly vow to keep fighting to secure Damascus' water supply.
In rebel held Wadi Barada, Moscow backs the Syrian army, so will it keep its promise to bring it to heal?>> What's changed is that Russia in a sense owns the negotiating process. If this negotiating process doesn't work, it's Russia's failure. And therefore I think they will go further than they have before in applying pressure on the Syrians.
>> Fighting fled there again on Tuesday, as did clashes between rebel militias. Still, it was an achievement to get the two sides to the table at all. The first time since UN-led Geneva talks broke down early last year. Those negotiations should receive in February. The obstacles remain vast.
But Russia and Turkey's unlikely meeting of minds could offer the best chance so far of ending six years of war.