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The United Nations has sought help from Russia , Iran, and Turkey to restore ceasefire in Syria, warning that escalating violence is threatening peace talks in Geneva. 

UN mediator to Syria, Staffan de Mistura sent letters to Moscow and Tehran which back the Damascus regime as well as Ankara which supports the Syrian opposition, expressing concern over surging violence around the Syrian capital and central Hama province.

He asked the countries concerned to undertake urgent efforts to uphold the ceasefire.

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