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Syrian Command Announces Full Nationwide Ceasefire Starting Friday

Sputnik News

14:57 29.12.2016(updated 15:12 29.12.2016)

'Following the victories and successes' of the Syrian goverment forces, the army command declares a nationwide ceasefire in the country.

BEIRUT (Sputnik) – Syrian government forces are ending combat operations throughout the Arab republic on Friday, the Syrian Army command said Thursday.

"Following the victories and successes of our armed forces in a number of areas, the Syrian army command announced the full ceasefire throughout the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic," the command said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Syrian government and armed opposition groups have reached an agreement on a ceasefire on Syrian territory and on readiness to start peace talks.

"It was just reported that today, a few hours ago, an event occurred which we have not just been waiting for, for a long time, but which we've worked hard to bring about. Three documents have been signed," Putin said.

"The first document [is an agreement signed] between the Syrian government and the armed opposition regarding the ceasefire in the Syrian Arab Republic," he said.

"The second document is a set of measures to monitor the ceasefire arrangement, and the third document is a statement of readiness to start peace negotiations on the Syrian settlement," Putin said at a meeting with the foreign and defense ministers.

He added that the agreements on Syria are fragile, and require special attention and patience, as well as constant contact with partners.


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