MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. A truce agreement has been reached with representatives of one settlement in Syria’s province of Homs, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties said in its regular daily update posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Tuesday.
"The number of settlement joining the reconciliation process has reached 73," the center said.
According to the document, talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were conducted with the field commander of an armed opposition group in the province of Damascus. However the number of illegal armed groups that have declared their commitment to ceasefire terms remained unchanged - 52.
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.
Officers of the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria jointly with the administration of the Syrian province of Latakia have delivered humanitarian aid to Syrians evacuated to the city of Latakia from the Idlib province.
"About two tons of humanitarian cargoes were delivered to the refugees. The center’s doctors offered medical assistance to 36 local residents," the bulletin says.
According to the document, humanitarian convoys are being formed for people living in settlements in the province of Hama. Specialists of the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent with support from the Syrian government delivered a humanitarian convoy to the settlement of Al-Rastan in the province of Homs.
Repair works were continued in the city of Al-Qaratayn in the province of Homs. A total of 12 meters of streets were cleared from debris. Mine pickers demined 200 meters of roads and removed six land mines planted by retreating terrorists. Electricity transmission lines and water supplies systems were completely restored in the settlements of Barouda and Abu Makki in the province of Latakia, the center said.
According to information reported to the Russian reconciliation center from local residents and representative of self-defense forces, Jabhat al-Nusra gunmen continue to arrive in northeastern areas of the province of Latakia from the Turkish territory, the bulletin says.