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Thirteen Syrian settlements join reconciliation process

August 16, 1:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Seven violations were fixed, six in Damascus province and one in Latakia province, it said
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© Valeriy Sharifulin / TASS

MOSCOW, August 15. /TASS/. Reconciliation agreements have been signed during the day with representatives of 13 settlements in the Syrian provinces of Latakia (4), Hama (4), As-Suwayda (4) and Homs(1), the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties said in its regular daily news bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Monday.

"The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has grown to 408," the center said.

Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Hama, Latakia and Damascus. "The number illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 69," the center said.

The bulletin said the regime of cessation of hostilities held largely in Syria during the day. Seven violations were fixed, six in Damascus province and one in Latakia province, it said.

Humanitarian situation in the western part of Aleppo is under control of the Syrian government. First aid points and points supplying hot meals continue working in the areas of humanitarian corridors.

The bulletin marked that units of outlawed in Russia Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups were preventing the establishment of the regime of cessation of hostilities in full.

A ceasefire regime brokered by Russia and the United States on February 22 officially came into effect in Syria at midnight Damascus time on February 27. This does not cover terrorist groups such as Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both outlawed in Russia, and other groups recognized as terrorist by the United Nations Security Council.

An hour before the ceasefire came into force, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution in support cessation of hostilities in Syria. The document was initiated by Russia and the United States and won support from all the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council.

The Russian reconciliation center aims to assist armed groups in Syria in concluding ceasefire agreements, maintain the truce regime, control its observance and organize the delivery of humanitarian cargoes to civilians.

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