UN chief hails US-Russian accord on Syria

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United Nations, Feb 23 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed an agreement announced earlier in the day by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the terms of a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria scheduled to come into effect on February 27.

“The secretary-general strongly urges the parties to abide by the terms of the agreement,” said a statement issued here by Ban’s spokesman.

Earlier on Monday, Kerry and Lavrov reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria, where more than 250,000 people have been killed since March 2011, reports Xinhua.

The two foreign ministers are the co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) Ceasefire Taskforce formed in Munich, Germany.

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“Much work now lies ahead to ensure its implementation, and the international community, the ISSG and the Syrian parties must remain steadfast in their resolve,” the statement said.

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