Revival of collapsed ceasefire in war-torn Syria depends on all sides involved: Sergei Lavrov

September 24, 2016 8:00 pm

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) speaks with Russian Foreign Minister during the International Support Group meeting at the Palace Hotel in Manhattan, New York, September 22, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says a revival of a collapsed ceasefire in war-torn Syria is possible only if all sides involved in the conflict contribute to the goal.
“One can only speak about the ceasefire revival only on the collective basis,” Lavrov said in an interview with a Russian TV show on Saturday.
The top Russian diplomat said “’s unilateral concession” is not enough for the revival of a failed Washington-Moscow brokered truce.
On September 9, Russia and the United States agreed on a milestone deal on the Syrian crisis after some 13 hours of marathon talks in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The deal, which began on September 12 and was initially agreed to last seven days, called for increased humanitarian aid for those trapped inside Aleppo.
The Syrian army announced an end to the week-long ceasefire on September 19, when US-led coalition jets attacked a Syrian army base and an aid convoy was hit near the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo.

People inspect a damaged site after airstrikes on Tariq al-Bab neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria, September 23, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)

Lavrov also called for an investigation into the airstrike that targeted the humanitarian aid convoy, killing some 20 people.
He further reiterated his calls for the separation of opposition forces from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militant group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, adding that Moscow had recently observed that opposition militants had merged with Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. Over the past few months, the Takfiri militants active in the Arab country have suffered major setbacks as the Syrian army has managed to liberate several areas.
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