Stakeholders agree to turn Syria truce into ceasefire

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday asserted there was significant progress in Syria peace talks

IANS May 17, 2016 19:39:13 IST
Stakeholders agree to turn Syria truce into ceasefire

Vienna: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday asserted there was significant progress in Syria peace talks after a meeting here in this Swiss city, and said the powers there agreed to turn the Syria truce into a real ceasefire.

"I see the confirmation of the entire basis that our work is based on as the main result of today’s International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting. That is the joint statement of the ISSG and the resolutions of the UN Security Council numbers 2218, 2254 and 2268,” Lavrov said.

Stakeholders agree to turn Syria truce into ceasefire

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“I’d like to stress that we’ve made progress in all directions of our work, namely the cessation of hostilities, the expansion of the humanitarian assistance and the political process,” he added.

John Kerry also announced that the ISSG sees progress in the situation, stating, however, that specific actions should be taken to make real changes.

“We moved the ball forward. [But] to make all of this more than words on a page, some determined actions will have to be taken to make it happen. No one can be remotely satisfied with the situation in Syria,” Kerry said.

Lavrov said the level of violence on the ground in Syria has gone down significantly, while humanitarian access has improved in many parts of the country.

As for the political process, Lavrov noted that there had been another round of talks concerning the political transition, giving the grounds for another meeting.

As for the political process, Lavrov noted that there had been another round of talks concerning the political transition, giving the grounds for another meeting.

The truce brokered earlier this month by Russia and the US brought a measure of relief to the battered Syrian city of Aleppo earlier but Bashar Al-Assad said he still sought a total, crushing victory over opposition forces.

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