World powers agree Syria ceasefire: John Kerry

World powers agree Syria ceasefire: John Kerry

World powers agree Syria ceasefire: John Kerry

Written by Staff Writer

12 Feb, 2016 | 6:26 am

World powers meeting on Syria have agreed to implement a nationwide “cessation of hostilities”, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said. But he said the ceasefire would not apply to the fight with jihadist groups Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front.

He also said the powers had agreed to accelerate and expand the delivery of humanitarian aid. The announcement comes as the Syrian army, backed by Russian air strikes, advances in Aleppo province.

A UN task force will be set up to ensure humanitarian access is granted to all sides, John Kerry said. He Kerry admitted the ceasefire plan was “ambitious” and said the real test would be whether the parties on the ground honoured the commitments.

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