US And Russia Reach Agreement On Syria Ceasefire After Marathon Talks In Geneva

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US And Russia Reach Agreement On Syria Ceasefire After Marathon Talks In Geneva

In what is regarded as a breakthrough, the United States and Russia on Saturday morning announced an agreement on Syria that foresees a nationwide cease-fire starting on Monday – and to coordinate military operations against terrorist groups in the country should the action hold.

“Today the United States and Russia are announcing a plan which we hope will reduce violence, reduce suffering and resume movement toward a negotiated peace and a transition in Syria…that if followed, has ability t o provide a turning point, a moment of change,” said Secretary of State John F. Kerry.

The agreement, which was sealed after a daylong final negotiating session in Geneva, led by Mr Kerry and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, will help create an unlikely new military partnership targeting the Islamic State and al-Qaida as well as new limits on President Bashar Assad’s forces.

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Mr Kerry also said the truce would begin on Monday, to coincide with the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, and that he hoped it would lead to talks to ultimately “end the conflict”.

“The United States is going the extra mile here because we believe Russia and my colleague have the capability to press the Assad regime to stop this conflict and come to the table and make peace,” he said.

On Friday evening, the deal nearly seemed to have slipped away after Russian Foreign Minister said he was thinking of “calling it a day” on Syria talks with the United States, at least until next week, after waiting for more than five hours for Kerry to obtain approval from Washington for a deal he said the two had agreed upon.

In an extraordinary appearance in the hall where reporters waited for an anticipated Kerry-Lavrov news conference, Lavrov suddenly strode in and said that he was trying to be patient, but he still had no word from Kerry, who apparently was seeking White House approval in an hours-long secure video communication with national security principals at home.

“I believe it is important for them to check with Washington,” Lavrov said in English. “That’s why I apologize for the delay. We cannot help it. . . . I hope before Washington goes to sleep, we can get some news,” he told reporters, observing that the “vertical” approval process in a democracy was sometimes difficult. “My appeal to you is to be patient.”

With that, Lavrov strode out again. He was quickly followed by United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura, who was also cooling his heels while waiting for Kerry. “I hope to see you very soon here,” he said.

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  1. Is Putin the problem in Syria? “At some point there’s going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we’ve never seen before,” FBI Director Comey said.



    Just ask, Who were the instigators of the Syrian genocide? It should be obvious to anyone who pays it attention and thought that the Syrian “rebels,” with their extensive supplies of weaponry, such as anti-tank missiles, and a complete command structure, had state supporters. The state supporters include NATO members, U.S., Britain, and Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. The plan was to topple Arab dictators in the Arab Spring, including Libya, Egypt and then Syria. Hillary identified herself as the she liberator of Libya when she said of Gaddafi, “We came, we saw, he died.” The Benghazi episode was about weapons trafficking of the Libyan military arsenal through Turkey into Syria, with the eventual help of Egypt’s replacement leader, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi. But in December 2011 before the Benghazi episode, Sibel Edmonds reported that Islamist fighters were trained by the U.S. and Turkey back in May 2011 a few months before NATO overthrew Gaddafi.

    

What was the U.S. role? Sibel Edmonds says the U.S. was the director and producer of the play. Remember Obama and NATO member Britain overthrew Gaddafi, and Obama wouldn’t wait for the scheduled elections in Egypt. He insisted Mubarak step down immediately and elections immediately, with the expected result that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi would win election. When Obama spoke in Cairo, he had insisted that members of the Muslim Brotherhood, outlawed in Egypt after the assassination of Anwar Sadat, be given front row seats. There he identified himself as a Christian, yet included a curious parenthetical in his description of the story of Isra: “when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer.” He referred to America as having a partnership with Islam (not Egypt), and at the UN Obama said, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” 



    The Obama administration admitted in congressional testimony that it funneled over 600 tons of weapons to Islamist fighters in Syria. From one article (WSJ): “The utter failure of Western policy in both Libya and Syria has to be seen for what it is: not just a political blunder but a humanitarian crime.”

    US and NATO troops train on the Syrian border, May 2011 a few months before NATO overthrew Gaddafi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNzSmIdr3JY

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