Ceasefire in Syria?

The United States and Russia announced plans on Monday for a cessation of hostilities in Syria, excluding Islamic State and Nusra Front militants, that would take effect starting on Saturday.
Parties to the hostilities would indicate their agreement by midday (12 p.m.) on Friday Damascus time, and the cessation of hostilities would go into effect at midnight, the two nations said in a joint statement issued by the U.S. State Department.
The proposal on Monday calls on all sides to sign up to the agreement by midday on Friday February 26 and to cease hostilities by midnight the following day.
Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor, James Bays, reporting from New York, said high-level sources from a number of countries had confirmed that an agreement between the co-chairs of the taskforce, Russia and the US, had been reached.
“Clearly they’ll have to get all the warring parties to sign up to it but there have been days of negotiation about how this will work,” Bays said.
The development could pave the way for further talks and possibly a ceasefire between the rebels and the government of Syria led by President Bashar al-Assad.
But experts have some doubts in the success of the proposal: “Whether it works or not on the ground by the end of the month remains to be seen,” – Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst Marwan Bishara said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/deal-reached-cease-hostilities-syria-160222150923772.html http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-draft-idUSKCN0VV1NJ

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