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No 'Major' Battles in Syria for First Time Five Years - Mogherini

© AFP 2022 / DIETER NAGLFederica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union talks to the press on October 23, 2015 in Vienna
Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union talks to the press on October 23, 2015 in Vienna - Sputnik International
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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that despite a few violations observed throughout parts of Syria, the sides to the conflict generally adhered to their commitments.

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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – Syria experienced no major battles for the first time in five years behind a largely observed recent ceasefire, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.

The Russia-US brokered cessation of hostilities between Syrian government and rebel forces entered into force on February 27. A number of observers and stakeholders described the fledgling cessation of hostilities as largely holding.

"This is probably the first time in five years of conflict that we see in many parts of Syria no major armed intervention, even if as I said breaches are happening continuously," Mogherini said in opening remarks to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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She noted that, despite a few violations observed throughout parts of the Arab republic, the sides to the conflict generally adhered to their commitments.

"However, the overall assessment is that the ceasefire is holding, and that the situation on the ground for this whole week has been significantly improved compared to all the previous weeks of the conflict," Mogherini stressed.

Terrorist organizations that have seized parts of Syria are not covered by the agreement reached between Moscow and Washington on February 22.

Special UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is expected to convene the latest round of indirect intra-Syrian talks in Geneva on Wednesday. His spokeswoman confirmed earlier on Tuesday "substantive meetings" would begin no later than March 14.

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