World powers agree 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria

US Secretary of States John Kerry gestures beside the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a news conference after the International Syria Support Group meeting in Munich on February 12, 2016World powers on Friday agreed an ambitious plan to cease hostilities in war-racked Syria within a week and dramatically ramp up humanitarian access at talks in Munich aimed at reviving the struggling peace process. The 17 countries agreed “to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week’s time,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry after extended talks co-hosted by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The International Syria Support Group also agreed “to accelerate and expand the delivery of humanitarian aid beginning immediately”.

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