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    Russia, US to Do Everything Necessary to Consolidate Syria Ceasefire

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    Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama agreed that they would do everything necessary to consolidate the ceasefire regime and resolve pressing humanitarian aid issues in Syria, according to Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) – Russia and the United States are jointly calling for cessation of hostilities in Syria and will do everything to consolidate it, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin told Sputnik on Friday.

    Earlier in the day, de Mistura told a press conference that the cessation of hostilities in Syria was still in effect nearly two months after it had been reached, but it remained threatened if stakeholders and sides to the conflict failed to act quickly.

    "Russian and US presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama agreed that they would do everything necessary to consolidate the ceasefire regime and resolve pressing humanitarian aid issues," Borodavkin said.

    The official added that Moscow and Washington supported the truce jointly.

    The decision of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to continue the Geneva talks until April 27 after the Saudi-backed opposition delegation left is right and shows that there are healthy moderate opposition forces in Syria, according to Borodavkin.

    Earlier this week, the Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) postponed its participation in the latest round of the intra-Syria talks in protest of the ongoing violence in Syria for which they blame Damascus. De Mistura said earlier on Friday that the talks would continue until April 27 as planned.

    "This [decision] is right. It proves that there are moderate forces, aside from the High Negotiations Committee, among the opposition. And if the HNC is taking such an unconstructive, abstract position, then there are healthy moderate opposition forces which will fill this vacuum," Borodavkin said.

     

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