DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the government is ready to participate in the planned Geneva peace talks, warning against "foreign interference."
Muallem made the comments nearly a week after the United Nations Security Council approved a plan for an international peace process hoping to end the Syrian civil war, VOA News reported. He said a Syrian delegation will be prepared after it receives a list of the members of the opposition's delegation.
Peace talks could begin in January. The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously approved the peace proposal, which also calls for a ceasefire between Syrian forces and rebel groups.
Syria has been blighted by a complex civil war in which the Islamic State, the Syrian government and multiple Syrian rebel groups fight for control of territory, causing a mass exodus of migrants seeking refuge elsewhere.
More than 3 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq and more than 1 million have reached several countries of the European Union, creating a migrant crisis that's straining economies attempting to cope with the influx of asylum-seekers. More than 25,000 people have died in the conflict.