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US, Russia agree new Syria truce plan

Orient Net 2016-09-10 04:23:00

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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday Syria truce would come into force on Monday, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

"Today, Sergei Lavrov and I, on behalf of our president and our countries call on every Syrian stakeholder to support the plan that the United States and Russia have reached, to ... bring this catastrophic conflict to the quickest possible end through a political process," US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

"The United States is going the extra mile here because we believe Russia and my colleague have the capability to press the Assad regime to stop this conflict and come to the table and make peace," Kerry added.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that despite continuing mistrust, the two sides had developed five documents that would enable coordination of the fight against armed groups and a revival of Syria’s failed truce in an enhanced form, Aljazeera English reported. 

"This all creates the necessary conditions for resumption of the political process which has been stalling for a long time," Lavrov told a news conference.

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