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US, Russia and UN agree Syria 'cessation of hostilities' to take effect next week
Diplomats attempting to negotiate an end to Syria's bloody civil war said Thursday that they had agreed to try and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time according to a report by Fox News.
It comes as Russia's prime minister warned that the use of foreign ground troops in the conflict could result in world war.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the agreement as a significant accomplishment.
Kerry his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said the U.S. and Russia would co-chair both a working group on humanitarian aid as well as a task force that will try to deal with the "modalities" of the temporary truce.
That task force will include members of the military along with representatives from countries that are supporting various armed groups in Syria. The Syrian government and the opposition would both have to agree to the details.
However, the ISIS and al Nusra Front terror groups will not be involved in the truce - and Russia has said it will be continuing its bombing campaign.
Kerry himself admitted that the agreements were "commitments on paper" only, adding that a cessation-of-hostilities agreement would only be a "pause" in fighting and that more work would need to be done to turn it into a full-fledged cease-fire.
"The real test is whether or not all the parties honor those commitments and implement them," he told reporters after the nearly six-hour meeting at a Munich hotel, which ran into the early hours of Friday.
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