Greece hails Russian-U.S. accord on Syria

Greece’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement

Greece hails the Russian-U.S. accord on ceasefire in Syria, Greece’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on Sept. 11.

"This agreement should be observed by all the parties in order to stop the bloodshed, protect civilians and favor smooth distribution of humanitarian assistance," the statement reads. "We hope the ceasefire will be an important stage towards settlement of the Syrian crisis, which will put an end to the civilian conflict and the drama of the Syrian people."

On Sept. 10, the Geneva talks between Lavrov and Kerry lasted for 14 hours, thus beating the record of their Moscow meeting on July 15. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry agreed in Geneva a set of five documents, aimed at ceasefire regime in the war in Syria, which lasts for more than five years already, and at making basis for resuming the political process in the country. Those documents include an agreement on distinguishing the opposition from terrorists, procedures of reacting to ceasefire breaches, as well as aspects of humanitarian assistance delivery. The parties agreed that only Russia and the United States would deliver airstrikes against terrorists, while the governmental forces have to stop flights.

The 48-hour ceasefire will begin on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bayrami) on Sept. 12 and is likely to be extended for a longer term. The ceasefire should bring to the negotiation table opponents and supporters of the ruling regime. Sergei Lavrov had to say nobody can guarantee implementation of the new agreements on Syria. 


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