International Syria Support Group Agrees To Ensuring Humanitarian Access, Achieving Cessation of Hostilities

On February 11 and 12, the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) met in Munich, Germany. During their meetings, the ISSG -- the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States -- decided that humanitarian access will commence this week to besieged areas, and an ISSG task force will within one week elaborate modalities for a nationwide cessation of hostilities.

The ISSG members also unanimously committed to immediately facilitate the full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which was adopted unanimously December 18, 2015. The ISSG reaffirmed their readiness to carry out all commitments set forth in the resolution, including to: ensure a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political transition based on the Geneva Communiqué in its entirety; press for the end of any indiscriminate use of weapons; support and accelerate the agreement and implementation of a nationwide ceasefire; facilitate immediate humanitarian access to besieged and hard-to-reach areas and the release of any arbitrarily detained persons; and fight terrorism.

“This progress has the potential if fully implemented, to change the daily lives of the Syrian people, ” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said at a press availability following the ISSG meeting.

Secretary Kerry made clear that while, “…Putting an end to the violence and bloodshed is essential, as is providing Syrians with the humanitarian aid they desperately need. Ultimately the end of this conflict will only come when the parties agree on a plan in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012.”

You can watch Secretary Kerry’s full statement here:

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Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
February 14, 2016
I don't think ISIS will stop killing people no matter what we say or agree on between our governments. I do agree on one thing, we have to stop them together with the help of Russia as our allies and friends again. I think we should try press the red "Restart Button" again with Russia . Also, President Putin has a Soul. LOL ;)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, addresses the media following a meeting of the International Syria Support Group.
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