World leaders call on Syrian parties to respect truce and ensure humanitarian access

Destruction seen in war-torn Syrian central city of Homs. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HANOVER – US and European leaders on Monday called on the groups fighting in Syria to respect the truce that was reached in February under sponsorship of the United Nations. 

US President Barack Obama and leaders of Britain, Germany, France and Italy demanded parties in the Syrian civil war to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement, according to a White House statement.

The leaders also called on the Syrian parties to ensure humanitarian access to stranded areas, and cooperate for the success of the ongoing peace talks in Geneva. 

“They called on all parties to respect the cessation, ensure humanitarian access, and contribute to the success of the Geneva talks on political transition,” the White House statement added, subsequent to a meeting between the leaders in Hanover, Germany. 

“They also called on those with influence on the parties to the conflict to press them to refrain from any actions that put the cessation and political talks at risk.”

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