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    A Russia-US draft resolution in support of the Syria ceasefire has been circulated at the UN Security Council, the council’s President Rafael Ramirez of Venezuela said.

    Russia-US Draft Resolution in Support of Syria Ceasefire Circulated at UNSC

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    A Russia-US draft resolution in support of the Syria ceasefire has been circulated at the UN Security Council, the council’s President Rafael Ramirez of Venezuela said.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – A Russia-US draft resolution in support of the Syria ceasefire has been circulated at the UN Security Council, the council’s President Rafael Ramirez of Venezuela said.

    The draft endorses the planned cessation of hostilities in Syria, setting the starting time for the ceasefire, as planned, at midnight Damascus time on Saturday, February 27. It also calls on all parties that have agreed to the ceasefire to fulfil their commitments.

    Earlier this week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told RIA Novosti that Russia and the United States were in talks over the preparation of the draft UN Security Council resolution. The draft will reportedly be put up for a vote on Friday.

    On Monday, the United States and Russia, the co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), announced a plan for a ceasefire between the warring parties in Syria to go into effect on Saturday, February 27. The agreement has been approved by the other 17 members of the ISSG.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including Islamic State (Daesh), which is outlawed in many countries including the United States and Russia.

    The ceasefire does not apply to Daesh, or other terrorist organizations in Syria, such as Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front).

    The Syrian opposition has expressed readiness to adhere to the ceasefire for two weeks, according to the opposition's High Negotiations Committee (HNC).


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      Meanwhile the US Congress is preparing to slap sanctions on the UN for cooperating with Russia.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      A ceasefire except for the foreign mercenary invaders? Who would agree to such nonsense? Bizarre.
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      I don't think cease fire would work in the interest of the Syria government
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      Now to arm Syria with newer gear.. make it more mobile and go get the border and seal it..

      And Get IRAN ready for the worst. they ALL SABER RATING. Including NATO trying to scare because of size.
      So although FM don't know about plan B..Is best to prepare , rather than lament. MANY kings lost their castle's, while at parties , resting on assurances.

      Hopefully it ends. Opposition helped destroy Syria. And U.S U.K, E.U, NATO and friends, armed , trained them to destroy Syrian institution. And most just went into IS , now DAESH . So they better listen, and stop demanding and trying to run Syria. Is NOT an opposition triumph, IF Syria would had refuse a peace truce, opposition would had lost anyways.
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