Diplomats agree to 'nationwide cessation of hostilities' in Syria

Diplomats agree to ‘nationwide cessation of hostilities’ in Syria

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has reported that diplomats meeting in Munich as part of the International Syria Support Group have agreed to work with Syrian parties to implement a “nationwide cessation of hostilities.”

Kerry said early Friday that the target is to implement the ceasefire in a week’s time.

Kerry says a long-term ceasefire in Syria depends on parties to its civil war engaging in “genuine negotiation,” adding that “the objective is to achieve a durable long-term ceasefire at some point in time.” He acknowledged that differences remain over the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad but said “you have to be at the table to deal with that.” Read more…

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Diplomats agree to ‘nationwide cessation of hostilities’ in Syria