11:47 Sep. 10, 2016
The truce in Syria to start on Monday, but agreement details are not to be revealed
The United States and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria's peace process back on track, Reuters reports. The agreement includes a nationwide truce effective from sundown on Monday, improved humanitarian aid access and joint military targeting of banned Islamist groups.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that despite continuing mistrust, the two sides had developed five documents that would revive a failed truce agreed in February and enable military coordination between the U.S. and Russia against militant groups in Syria. Details of the deal still unknown, because both sides agreed not to release the documents publicly. Lavrov explained such secrecy as "necessary conditions for resumption of the political process".
Reuters stresses, that the deal followed talks that stretched late into Friday night and several failed attempts to hammer out a deal over the past two weeks. Previous efforts to forge agreements to stop the fighting and deliver humanitarian aid to besieged communities in Syria have crumbled within weeks, with the United States accusing Assad's forces of attacking opposition groups and civilians.
"That should put an end to the barrel bombs, and an end to the indiscriminate bombing, and it has the potential to change the nature of the conflict," Kerry said.
As we reported earlier, Obama and Putin discussed Syria, Ukraine on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China.