Syrian ceasefire takes effect – but will it last?

ap160913011807_620x310A Syrian ceasefire plan backed by the United States and Russia went into effect today amid cautious hopes it may herald at least a pause in the relentless violence that has raged for five years.

Although there were no immediate reports of major fighting, it remained too early to tell whether the plan would work.

The Syrian Government and the rebels have both signalled that they will comply, despite reservations. But neither side has publicly given an outright endorsement to the deal, announced in Geneva at the weekend by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Halting the fighting is intended as just the first step in a series of measures including the delivery of humanitarian aid and culminating in new negotiations for a political solution to the conflict.

Whether the process will work depends to a large extent on whether Russia and the United States can bring pressure on their allies – the Government and the rebels, respectively – and whether Washington and Moscow are committed enough to make the deal stick. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: News Now/ http://www.nzherald.co.nz

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.