US welcomes Syria ceasefire

epa07534270 Syrian Kurdish boys look through a destroyed building in Kobani, the Kurdish region in the Aleppo Governorate in northern Syria, 26 April 2019 (issued on 28 April 2019). In January 2015 Kurdish forces of the People?s Protection Units (YPG) and Women?s Protection Units (YPJ) along with the Free Syria Army (FSA) and Peshmerga forces backed by US-led airstrikes, liberated Kobani town after months of fighting against the Islamic state (IS) group. EPA-EFE/AHMED MARDNLI

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The U.S. State Department on Saturday said it welcomed news of a ceasefire in Northwest Syria – the last rebel bastion in the country – and urged for an end to attacks on civilians

Last week Syrian media reported that the ceasefire would take place as long as rebel fighters implement the terms of a de-escalation agreement brokered last year by Russia and Turkey.

“The United States believes there can be no military solution to the Syrian conflict, and only a political solution can ensure a stable and secure future for all Syrians,” the State Department said in a statement.

“We further believe the only viable path to a political solution is the U.N.-led political process in Geneva, including constitutional reform and U.N.-supervised elections,” the statement said.

The United States will support the work of U.N. Special Envoy Geir Pedersen and the United Nations to advance a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political process that would create a permanent, peaceful, and political end to the conflict, the State Department added.

Via Reuters / Euronews

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