20 January 2018

UN to vote on Syria ceasefire deal

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The UN Security Council is to vote on a draft Russian resolution endorsing the ceasefire agreement in Syria and plans for peace talks between both sides of the conflict. reports that, it also demands rapid access for aid to be delivered across the country.

But Syria's main rebel alliance says it will abandon the truce at 1800 GMT on Saturday if the government continues to attack areas under its control.

It is urging the council not to endorse the resolution unless the strikes stop.

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) issued the ultimatum to Russia - Syria's key ally - amid reports of intense bombardment by government forces on the rebel-held Wadi Barada area of Damascus, which the rebels say is in breach of the truce.

The ceasefire, which began just over a day ago, has mostly held elsewhere.

It applies across Syria but does not cover certain rebel groups including the jihadists of so-called Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), and the Kurdish YPG militia.

2016.12.31 / 23:22
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