Top leaders from more than a dozen countries, including the United States and Russia, on Friday announced a ceasefire agreement in Syria as well as a plan to deliver aid to the embattled nation, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday, according to CNN.
He made the announcement in Munich, Germany, where ranking diplomats met to hash out a deal. “But given the situation in Syria, it’s not clear what the deal will lead to on the ground,” writes the cable news outlet.
“I’m pleased to say that as a result today in Munich, we believe we have made progress on both the humanitarian front and the cessation of hostilities front, and these two fronts, this progress, has the potential — fully implemented, fully followed through on — to be able to change the daily lives of the Syrian people,” Kerry said.
“First, we have agreed to accelerate and expand the delivery of humanitarian aid beginning immediately,” he told reporters.
“Second, we have agreed to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities to begin in a target of one week’s time. That’s ambitious, but everybody is determined to move as rapidly as possible to try to achieve this.”
The deal couldn’t have come at a better time. Since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011, notes CNN, at least 250,000 people have been displaced by the conflict.
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