06:57 GMT +3 hours29 May 2016
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of States John Kerry meet for diplomatic talks on February 11, 2016 in Munich, southern Germany

Kerry: Agreement Reached on 'Full Cessation of Hostilities' in Syria

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According to US Secretary of State John Kerry, leaders have reached a ceasefire agreement that could be implemented within days.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that the main result of meeting in Munich was a confirmation of the UN resolution on Syria.

Lavrov also said that Russia expressed its concern that the Syrian opposition was harming efforts to resolve humanitarian efforts in Syria, which are worsening as the conflict drags on. Moscow called on the US and its allies to use their influence to convince opposition groups to cooperate with the United Nations.

Ending hostilities in Syria is a difficult task, Lavrov said, but the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) has agreed on measures that it could implement within one week.

The Foreign Minister also stressed his belief that Intra-Syrian negotiations should resume as soon as possible, without preconditions.

US and Russian officials also stressed that military action against Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, will continue, but both Moscow and Washington agreed to more closely coordinate those actions, according to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Speaking to reporters, Secretary Kerry said that shipments of humanitarian aid would be delivered this week.

"We have agreed to accelerate and expand the delivery of humanitarian aid beginning immediately," he said. "Sustained delivery will begin this week."

Russia said it welcomes the increased flow of aid, particularly to the city of Deir al-Zor.

"On humanitarian issues, we are pleased that it was possible today to agree on principles to resolve them. That access will be provided throughout the territory of Syria, in all besieged areas without exception," Lavrov said.

"We welcome the readiness of the US and several other countries to join the operations pursued by the Russian side, together with the Syrian government, by dropping humanitarian aid by aircraft to Deir al-Zor, where the largest number of civilians is in a state of siege," he added.

While an agreement has been reached on paper, Kerry cautioned that the real test will be whether all parties involved follow through with their commitments.

Lavrov reiterated allegations that Turkey is contributing to the violence, saying that militants in Aleppo have received supplies from the neighboring country. He also made reference to the Saudi Arabian government's recent statement that it would consider deploying ground troops to Syria. Lavrov said any ground forces would lead to an escalation of the conflict.

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  • ivanwa88
    sallysynder there forthcoming surrender in Syria takes all that momentum away! there methods are now exposed for all to see! as well as there collaboration with West.
    This is now a huge embarrassment and a major world propaganda setback! from here West s hands are tied they must impose the full weight of actions to choke extremists into oblivion. This rouse is finished and the surrender to come will signal that process with certainty.
  • peaceactivist2
    Why ceasefire? Why ceasefire? Some one is going to feel regretted soon enough for giving the enemy buying times! What a waste of those sorties.
  • S 400 air defense could of prevented hospital bombing. Now they will bomb again and kill more and damage critical infrastructure to create refugee surge. Disappointing.
  • hp
    Kerry speaks with forked tongue..
  • nuclearstarr
    Why stop the assault on the eve of victory? To give the Turks more time to prepare for an invasion?
  • ivanwa88
    peace..........2 hardly a waste of the Russian bombing! read the announcement again! bombings to continue as per UN article 2254. Except US to coordinate with Russia! in other words no more rogue strikes using the excuse they were called in by moderates for assistance!!? ie as per the recent A10 strike on a hospital in an area when a major campaign was being held......catch the drift!
  • While an agreement has been reached on paper, Kerry cautioned that the real test will be whether all parties involved follow through with their commitments.
    Yeah, wonder who will renege first. *sarcasm* The US of course.
  • vendorin reply tolianasammartino(Show commentHide comment)
    lianasammartino, this ceasefire is in fact OK. Read this;

    While the ceasefire will require the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the non-jihadist forces to cease hostilities with one another; this is not the case with Islamist groups like Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
  • vendorin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, agreed. Read my previous comment. All in agreement with the UN resolution 2254. This had to be done and should have been done 2 months ago. The genuine opposition should be assisted. All other Jihadist groups annihilated so SAA and Russia in fact won't stop now.
  • vendorin reply todvdgrg09(Show commentHide comment)
    dvdgrg09, a closer cooperation between the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition (genuine opposition) should have happened already as they have more in common (secular) than the secular Syrian opposition and all other Jihadists. This is a way how the Americans are going to insert themselves onto the winning side and drag their sorry arses out of the black hole they have created, with a bit of help from Moscow.
  • vendorin reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
    siberianhusky, no they are not.
  • vendorin reply tolianasammartino(Show commentHide comment)
    lianasammartino, there will be no cessation of military activities towards Al Nusra ISIS etc as the Americans can not afford to be accused of siding with them.
  • vendorin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, Aleppo should be liberated within a week. Didn't I say yesterday the 25th Feb? Notice the acceleration of the military activities across Syria by SAA and Russia? Aleppo will fall and then there will be three fronts. ISIS, Al Nusra and Daraa side. Al Nusra is along the Turkish border. There may be turn to the left after Aleppo is liberated with the Kurds from north towards west and from Latakia Al Nusra will have SAA on both sides. Then ISIS is a clear cut and around Daraa there that third group KSA backed, whatever their name is Al Snackbar. This meeting was all about Aleppo. The Americans are betting it won't fall within a week, while SAA will push to secure it in 2-4 days.
  • dvdgrg09in reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, I think we will see that cooperation grow, it has already happened in some places where the local groups are ready to stop fighting and I think that will happen more and more. The proxy fighters and psychos are on the way out, let the US cover their "sorry arses" as long as they stay out of the way of the cleaning up.
  • Mikhas
    The 'Full Cessation of Hostilities' includes the "moderate rebels" under US/Saudi/Zionazi control, rebels (mercenaries on Saudi payroll) that, for the love of their country terrorize kill and bomb their fellow citizens on a daily basis. That is a constructive relief for the Syrian population that has been under these monsters attacks for 4 years now.

    It does not not however, include Jabat al nusra, Al Mossaeda and ISIS, which means that the race for Al Raqqa and the oil fields, which US and the Saudis want to grab, is fully on. Iranian forces, Hezbollah and the best forces there is from the SAA, plus Russian air support has a head start, but here is were things can get ugly very soon. The US and Turkey hasn´t abandoned their plans to establish a sectarian state of Sunni´s, stretching from the Turkish and the Iraqi borders to southern Syria.
  • cmat.wolfgang
    As much it maybe a short time relief for the starving Syrian population,
    any real cease fire will probably play in the hands of DAESH since it will take out momentum from the SAA actions. It will be difficult to get that back later. I hope after freeing Aleppo there may start some thinking by those US fanatics.
  • vendorin reply tocmat.wolfgang(Show commentHide comment)
    cmat.wolfgang, SAA won't stop. Just watch.
  • vendorin reply tocmat.wolfgang(Show commentHide comment)
    cmat.wolfgang, Despite the announcement of a ceasefire, the battle for Aleppo will likely continue because of the large presence of Islamist rebel fighters from Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, who refuse to negotiate a cessation of hostilities with the Syrian government.

    www.almasdarnews.com/article/hezbollah-syrian-capture-2-hills-in-northern-aleppo-as-rebels-continue- | Al-Masdar News
  • Alabama Mothman
    If Putin and Lavrov believe ANYTHING kerry and obama say, they are fools. This is just a delaying tactic for ISIS.
  • maxxus
    If John Kohn Kerry is for it, it's evil.
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