Damascus – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said an agreement has been reached on a Syria ceasefire, with Russia and Turkey to act as guarantors.
Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the government starting at midnight (2200 GMT on Thursday), and said the parties were also prepared to start peace talks.
The Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Thursday there was a “real chance” to reach a political settlement of the Syrian conflict, after Damascus’s ally Russia announced a ceasefire deal that was to take effect at midnight.
Al-Moualem also said Syria would attend planned peace talks in Kazakhstan “with an open mind”.
“Everything is open for discussion, with the exception of national sovereignty, and the people’s right to choose its leadership,” he said in a live interview on state television.
Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies said on Thursday they approved a blueprint for a system of federal government in northern Syria.
“These developments should (also) contribute to inclusive and productive intra-Syrian negotiations to be convened under UN auspices on 8 February 2017,” de Mister’s spokesperson said on Thursday.