Opposition HNC: Provisional agreement on temporary truce in Syria
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Opposition HNC: Provisional agreement on temporary truce in Syria

Riad Hijab
Orient Net - AP
Date: 2016-02-22 19:05
The General Coordinator of Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC) has said that the opposition groups have agreed "in principle" to an internationally mediated temporary truce.

Riad Hijab also called on Russia, Iran and the Assad regime to stop their attacks, lift blockades and release prisoners in Syria.

His statement on Monday did not elaborate on the terms of the truce reached.

U.S. officials earlier said the United States and Russia agreed on a plan for a cease-fire in Syria starting Saturday that would exclude attacks on ISIS and al-Nusra Front. 

The HNC has started a meeting in the Saudi capital, expected to continue for two or three days, to discuss the developments since the group decided to attend peace talks in Geneva last month.

Earlier, Hijab said the HNC would agree to a truce only if regime backers, Russia and Iran, halted their fire.

Hijab said any ceasefire must be reached "with international mediation and with guarantees obliging Russia, Iran and their sectarian militias and mercenaries to stop fighting".

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