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World powers announce ceasefire for Syria

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 01:12

World powers have announced a plan for humanitarian aid and a nationwide ceasefire for Syria, but officials warn the future for the conflict-ridden country remains cloudy. Nathan Frandino has more.

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It's not a breakthrough, but it is an important step forward. U.S Secretary of State John Kerry says there's to be a ceasefire in Syria. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "We believe that we have made progress on both the humanitarian front and the cessation of hostilities front." The ceasefire deal, reached in Munich by Kerry, his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and many others, is expected to come into effect next week It comes after five years of war, more than 250,000 deaths and a refugee crisis that has displaced millions. But it won't ending the fighting completely. The war against Islamic State and al-Nusra will continue. Nor, says the UN's Ahmed Fawzi, is it expected to rekindle peace talks between President Assad and the Syrian opposition. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS CHIEF SPOKESPERSON IN GENEVA, AHMAD FAWZI SAYING: "Politics is the art of possible; and I cant look into Staffan De Mistura's mind or anybody else's mind for that matter." But at the very least, officials say humanitarian aid deliveries are expected to soon begin in Syria.

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World powers announce ceasefire for Syria

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 01:12