UN welcomes US-Russia ceasefire deal in south Syria, says it will enable further peace talks

Damascus: The United Nations has welcomed the agreement between the United States and Russia for a ceasefire in southwest Syria, saying it would enable upcoming peace talks.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

The United Nations' deputy special envoy to Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy. Ramzy says Saturday the agreement announced a day earlier in Hamburg, Germany is a step in the right direction. He says he hopes other areas in Syria will see similar agreements to reduce violence. Ramzy is in Damascus ahead of a new round of United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva on Monday.

The ceasefire goes into effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, according to US officials and the Jordanian government, which is also involved in the deal. The deal marks a new level of cooperation between the US and Russia.

Published Date: Jul 08, 2017 16:50 PM | Updated Date: Jul 08, 2017 16:50 PM

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