Syrian conflict: US and Russia agree peace moves
Russia and the United States announced an agreement on Syria, starting with the “cessation of hostilities” from sunset on Monday.
Under the plan, the Syrian government to end its combat mission in specific areas held by the opposition.
Russia and the United States to establish a joint center for combating jihadist groups,
including the so-called Islamic State (IS).
The announcement came after talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
He said the plan will need both the regime and the opposition “to meet their obligations,” Kerry in Geneva.
The opposition has indicated it is prepared to comply with the plan, he said, has provided the Syrian government “shows that it is serious.”
Lavrov said that Russia is the Syrian government informed about the arrangements and the Syrian government is “ready to meet them.”
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The agreement also provides for the arrival of humanitarian aid.
“The cessation of hostilities requires access to all besieged areas which are difficult to access, including Aleppo,” Kerry said.
“” After seven days of the start of the cessation of hostilities, Russia and the United States will create a “Joint Implementation Center” to fight is the last major group,
Jabhat al-Sham open.
Lavrov said that the center of JI allow Russian and American forces to “separate the terrorists from the moderate opposition.”
He added that Russian and US Air Force implementation of coordinated strikes against the two groups,
and that in some areas, which ruled out the work by the Syrian Air Force.
“We have agreed on the areas where these coordinated strikes will be carried out, and in those areas,
a joint agreement neutral by the Syrian government as well, will not only lead to the Russian Air Force and the United States be functional,” he said.
Mr. Lavrov said that “the Syrian air force will be functional in other areas, outside of the ones that we have singled out for military cooperation between Russia and America.”