The UN Security Council is to Vote on a Russian resolution to end hostilities in Syria.  The text which is in draft form calls for humanitarian aid to the country, and a political process to help progress towards a lasting peace.  Should this go ahead, they will be held in Kazakhstan next month.

The ceasefire which began two days ago has held in most parts of Syria, with isolated incidents breaking out between government backed forces and rebels.  Under the terms of the agreement, however, some groups are excluded.  This includes Islamic State (IS), and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, and the Kurdish YPG militia.

The situation is complex as the veto wielding members of the United Nations are at odds with one another. Russia, who has backed Assad and helped Syrian forces with airstrikes, stands with Assad, while the U.S, U.K, and France insist he must go.

Turkey, who along with Russia helped draft the ceasefire agreement, have traditionally been against Assad.

So far seven groups have said to have signed the agreement including Ahrar al-Sham.  Both Russia and Syria have labelled this group as a terrorist organisation.  With the inauguration of Trump in a few weeks, Turkey has entered the scene claiming the role of kingmaker from the U.S in further negotiations.  Traditionally, Turkey has been against Assad.  Russia is set to head up negotiations on the other side.

One of the concerns expressed by the UN was the fighting in Wadi Barada on Thursday, after the ceasefire came into agreement, as it was reported combatants were targeting water supplies used by civilians.

Turkish officials stated that Russia had carried out airstrikes against IS, who are not part of the ceasefire agreement.

Russia has stated that seven groups opposed to the Syrian government have been included in the deal.  They are Faylaq al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Islam, Thuwwar Ahl al-Sham, Jaysh al-Mujahidin, Jaysh Idlib and Jabhah al-Shamiya.

Peace talks should start within the next month providing full scale fighting does not resume.