U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced after a meeting of the International Syria Support Group in Munich that world powers have agreed to a “nationwide cessation of hostilities”. This ceasefire however will not apply to ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorist groups, Kerry reassured reporters.
Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN envoy Staffan de Mistura acknowledged although on paper, implementing it will be a challenge.
“We will only be able to see whether this was a breakthrough in a few days,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters.
British Foreign Secretary Hammond claimed that for the ceasefire to be a success, Russia would need to halt its airstrike campaign.
“No cessation of hostilities will last if opposition continues to be targeted,” he said.
“We did not get a deal on the immediate end of Russian bombings, but we have a commitment to a process that if it works would change the situation,” a Western diplomatic source said.