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Russia Launches Syria Reconciliation Center at Hmeymim Airbase

Sputnik News

18:42 23.02.2016(updated 18:55 23.02.2016)

A coordination center for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian conflict has begun operations at the Russian Hmeymim airbase in the Latakia province, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Monday, Russia and the United States announced an agreement on cessation of hostilities between the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad and the armed opposition factions had been reached. The agreement will come into force on February 27.

According to the deal, military action, including airstrikes conducted by Syria, Russia and the US-led coalition will continue against Daesh, al-Nusra Front, as well as other UN-designated terrorist groups.

'In accordance with the Russian-US February 22 agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria, for the implementation of mechanism to monitor compliance with the ceasefire regime, a coordination center for reconciliation of the warring parties was created and started operations at the Russian airbase Hmeymim on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic,' spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

According to Konashenkov, Syrian opposition groups willing to start peace talks may address the center and get help in establishing contact with the Syrian government.

The Hmeymim base is the centerpiece of the Russian aerial campaign in Syria against terrorists which started on September 30, 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Russian Defense Ministry gave the US contacts for the hotline on the Syrian ceasefire.

'In accordance with the instructions of the Russian and US presidents, and as a result of their telephone conversation on February 22, Russian contact information for hotline connection (primary and backup) were transferred to the Americans, as it was also envisaged by the joint statement of the Russian Federation and the United States as co-chairs of the International Syrian Support Group on cessation of hostilities in Syria,' the ministry's press service said.

According to the press service, the Russian Defense Ministry is expecting same data from the US side.


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