US Working Through Diplomatic Channels to Refresh Syrian Ceasefire

© REUTERS / SANAJournalists and civilians stand near the damage after rockets fired by insurgents hit the al-Dabit maternity clinic in government-held parts of Aleppo city, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on May 3, 2016
Journalists and civilians stand near the damage after rockets fired by insurgents hit the al-Dabit maternity clinic in government-held parts of Aleppo city, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on May 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Washington hopes that Syrian political talks can build a momentum amid the renewed commitment to the ceasefire, according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The deterioration of the ceasefire in Syria has urged the US government to work through diplomatic channels on its refreshment, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a briefing on Tuesday.

"The cessation of hostilities is continuing to fray…That’s why The United States has been working so tenaciously through diplomatic channels to try to refresh the cessation of hostilities," Earnest stated.

The spokesman added the United States hopes that Syrian political talks can build a momentum amid the renewed commitment to the ceasefire.

Syrian emergency personnel secure a street after rockets reportedly fired by rebels hit Al-Dabbeet hospital in the government-controlled neighbourhood of Muhafaza in the northern city of Aleppo on May 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The cessation of hostilities, negotiated with the help of the United States and Russia, has been in place in parts of Syria since late February. A new truce was hammered out last Friday for Damascus and the northern Latakia province.

The latest round of Syria peace talks took place in April, with the next round expected in May. The negotiations, mediated by UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, saw the participation of a Syrian government delegation, as well as three opposition groups — the Riyadh-formed High Negotiations Committee, the Moscow-Cairo and the Hmeimim groups.

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