Syrian Conflict Russia and US reach ceasefire deal for Syria

The latest push for the cessation of hostilities follows talk between the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

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The US and Russia have announced a new deal in a bid to end hostilities in war-ravaged Syria.

The new deal includes a ban on government airstrikes in certain rebel strongholds.

The U.S and Russia will also cooperate on a joint airstrike against the Islamic State and al-Nusra fighters.

The latest push for the cessation of hostilities follows talk between the Foreign Minister of Russia,  Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

“After the ceasefire regime will be in effect for seven days, we will establish an implementation centre, in which the military and the representatives of Russian and US intelligence will handle practical issues, separating terrorists and opposition,”  Lavrov said at a joint press conference with Kerry in Geneva.

Kerry said the plan will mean both the Syria regime and the opposition "to meet their obligations."

"The cessation of hostilities requires access to all besieged and hard-to-reach areas, including Aleppo", he said of the plan.

The two leaders said the deal could pave way for a political settlement of the conflict.

"The plan is more prescriptive and far reaching than any proposal to date and if implemented by all sides could allow political negotiations to take place on Syria's future," Mr Kerry said.

The Syrian conflicts dates back to 2011 and has killed tens of thousands.



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