Syria ceasefire will only succeed if Russia STOPS attacks on civilians


Following talks between the United States and Russia

The Prime Minister, the US president, French president Francois Hollande and German chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the situation following the latest developments in the peace process.

The Western leaders believe the ceasefire could be “an important step towards peace” but the only way to end the “suffering of the Syrian people” was for an end to Bashar Assad”s rule.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister held a video teleconference on Syria earlier with President Obama, Chancellor Merkel and President Hollande.

“They welcomed today”s cessation of hostilities agreement, which could be an important step towards peace in Syria.

“They noted the agreement would only succeed if there was a change of behaviour by the Syrian regime and its backers, with Russia in particular ending its attacks on Syrian civilians and moderate opposition groups.

“They also agreed on the vital importance of the Syrian regime allowing humanitarian access.

“They agreed a political solution and transition away from Assad was the only way to end the suffering of the Syrian people, and that a credible political transition process therefore had to get under way as soon as possible.”

Fighting will continue against Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaeda”s Syrian branch but the deals means an end to

The leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining efforts to tackle Daesh. 

The spokeswoman added: “They also agreed on the importance of the global coalition fight against Daesh continuing at pace, to sustain momentum in recovering ground.

“On migration, they agreed they were firmly committed to the Nato migration mission, noting the importance of Greece and Turkey working together and with the international community to ensure the mission”s success.”