US, Russia Agrees on Syria Ceasefire

The United States and Russia has agreed on a Syria ceasefire, scheduled to start on February 27, BBC News reported. In fact, a UN task force, co-chaired by Washington and Moscow, worked on a peace deal between the Syrian government and opposition groups.

Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry working on the Syrian situation
Sergey Lavrov and John Kerry working on the Syria ceasefire

According to James Bays, Al Jazeera‘s diplomatic editor, many sources from a number of countries have confirmed Russia and the US agreed on ceasefire terms.

“Clearly they’ll have to get all the warring parties to sign up to it but there have been days of negotiation about how this will work,” Bays said.

“I understand an announcement will come from the US Secretary of State John Kerry in the near future,” he added.

The agreement call on all sides to be sign it by midday on Friday 27 February and hostilities should cease by midnight the following day. That said, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and al-Nusra front are excluded from the agreement due to their status of terrorist groups by the UN Security Council.

More than 250,000 people dies since the start of the Syrian civil war five years ago. Millions have been displaced after Damascus brutally ended peaceful protests against Bashar al-Assad.

 

 

 

 

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Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.