Syria: diplomats agree ‘cessation of hostilities'

    Syria: diplomats agree ‘cessation of hostilities'

    Feb 12, Munich: World Powers have agreed to work with Syrian parties to implement a "nationwide cessation of hostilities” within a week.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry early Friday said announcing the ceasefire that the real test would be whether the parties honoured the commitments.

    The halt will not apply to the battle against jihadist groups Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front.

    Kerry spoke in Munich, Germany, where top diplomats from more than a dozen countries, including the United States and Russia, met to hammer out a deal.

    Ministers from the International Syria Support Group also agreed to accelerate and expand aid deliveries.

    The announcement comes as the Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes, advances in Aleppo province.

    The move threatens to encircle tens of thousands of civilians in rebel-held parts of the major city of Aleppo.

    A task force chaired by the US and Russia will work to implement the truce through consultations with Syria's warring factions.

    Aid deliveries for besieged Syrian communities are due to begin as early as Friday.

    The Oslo Times


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