Syrian opposition hesitantly support US-Russian truce

Syrian opposition hesitantly support US-Russian truce
Syria's opposition party has shown support for the US-Russian ceasefire plan on Saturday, however warned that a political resolution was yet to be agreed.
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10 September, 2016
The opposition group has expressed support for the truce [Getty]
The Syrian opposiiton expressed support for a US-Russian truce deal on Saturday, however demanded a ceasefire across all fronts and not just in Aleppo.

"We stand in support of agreement that provides a suitable environment for a political resolution to the conflict," Iqab Yahya, member of the Syrian National Coalition told The New Arab, adding "the talks faced many obstacles and complications, especially on the Russian front, which insisted on a limited ceasefire in some areas to allow safe passage of aid."

"Implementation will determine the fate of this truce which we hope will be a permanent one that lifts the siege on some areas to allow a safe passage for convoys.

"However, on the political front, it seems they have yet to come to an agreement."

On Friday, the US and Russia agreed a plan to impose a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war and lay the foundation of a peace process, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Standing by Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after a day of marathon talks in Geneva, Kerry said he believed the plan would lead to talks to "stop the conflict".

"Today, the United States and Russia are announcing a plan which we hope will reduce violence, ease suffering and resume movement towards a negotiated peace and a political transition in Syria," Kerry said

"The United States is going the extra mile here because we believe Russia and my colleague have the capability to press the Assad regime to stop this conflict and come to the table and make peace," he said.

Kerry said that the truce would come into force on Monday, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and that if it lasted a week the United States would begin cooperation with Russian forces to target the Nusra Front and Islamic State groups.

In the first Syrian rebel response to the US-Russian announcement, the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham group rejected the plan to target Fath al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

"We refuse the bombardment of Jabhat Fath al-Sham by US and Russian warplanes on principle," a source within Ahrar al-Sham told The New Arab.