Ban Ki-moon welcomes Syria truce due to take effect on Feb 27
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (AFP/File)
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a US-Russia agreement over a truce deal in Syria and urged all sides to stick to the peace deal to reportedly take effect on February 27.
The cessation of hostilities is meant to be "a first step towards a more durable ceasefire," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Monday about the agreement, which is meant to take effect on February 27.
"The Secretary-General strongly urges the parties to abide by the terms of the agreement," he said.
Ban said the truce that was announced Monday "contributes to creating an environment conducive for the resumption of political negotiations," which had been scheduled to resume this week.
UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, who had indicated that the new round of peace talks would likely be delayed, said on Monday that the US-Russia agreement on Syria will allow a relaunch of political process “very soon.”
In a related development, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the agreement on Syria may become an example for action against the threat of terrorism.
Putin called the plan a real step to stop bloodshed in war-torn Syria.
Meanwhile, a diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the draft deal calls on warring sides in Syria to agree to the cessation of hostilities by midday on February 26.
US Secretary of state John Kerry said on Sunday that he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, had reached a provisional agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria.
Kerry said during a visit to the Jordanian capital of Amman that Washington and Moscow were "filling out the details" of the agreement. He said the presidents of US and Russia are expected to talk in the coming days to complete the provisional agreement in principle.