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    The head of the Russian reconciliation center in Syria urged the warring sides in Latakia on Friday to observe the so-called "silent period."

    HMEYMIM (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, a source told Sputnik that Russia and the United States had agreed to introduce state of cessation of hostilities in northern Latakia province and suburbs of Damascus in Syria from midnight on April 30.

    Following the announcement, media reports emerged claiming that Aleppo would also be involved in the regime, but were refuted by a different source.

    "We call on all parties interested in establishing peace on Syrian soil to support the Russian-US initiative and not allow the silence regime to be disrupted," Sergei Kuralenko told reporters.

    The 'silent' period in the northern parts of Syria's Latakia region will be implemented for 72 hours starting April 30, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.

    "Overall, the work that is being carried out leads to a constant reduction of the amount and intensity of shelling. In this regard, the Russian and US sides, in agreement with the leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic, are introducing a 'silence regime' for 72 hours in the northern areas of the Latakia region, starting 00:01 on April 30, 2016," the head of the Russian center for reconciliation, Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko, told reporters.

    The ceasefire in Syria, worked out by Russia and the United States, took effect on February 27. Terrorist groups are not part of the agreement.

    Russia and the United States are in constant contact analyzing facts of ceasefire violations in Syria, added.

    "There are violations and shellings tied first of all to the mistrust between the sides to one another. In order to lower the number of clashes between the sides of the conflict, the Russian Federation and the United States are in constant contact analyzing the facts of the violations and are working with the sides of the conflict for them to stop."

    "During the operations of the Russian center for reconciliation, 52 militarized groups numbering 6,500 individuals operating in the provinces of Suweida, Kuneitra, Hama, Homs, Damascus, Darayya, and Aleppo have joined the cessation of hostilities regime."

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