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Over 1,000 Syrian settlements join reconciliation process - Russian defense ministry

December 06, 2016, 3:27 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The number of illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged, at 88

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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. Reconciliation agreements were signed during the day with representatives of four more settlements in the Syria, including three - in province of Latakia, and one - in the province of Damascus, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s official website on Monday.

"The number of settlements joining the reconciliation process has reached 1,026," the center said. "Talks on joining the regime of cessation of hostilities were continued with field commanders of illegal armed groups in the settlement of Muaddamiyet al-Shih in the province of Damascus and commanders of armed opposition groups in the provinces of Homs, Hama, Aleppo and al-Quneitra."

The number of illegal armed groups that declared their commitment to the ceasefire terms remains unchanged - 88, as follows from the bulletin.

Humanitarian assistance

Efforts are continued to relieve the humanitarian situation in Syria. Two humanitarian operations were conducted during the day. Thus, about 1.5 tonnes of humanitarian cargoes were delivered to temporary accommodation centers in al_mahalej in the province of Aleppo; and about one tonne of humanitarian cargoes was delivered to the settlement of Ain Etinne Mahalej in the province of Damascus.

Hot meals and living essentials distribution outlets are open for civilians leaving Aleppo’s neighborhoods controlled by illegal armed groups, as follows from the bulletin.

"During the day, as many as 241 civilians, including 104 children of whom eight are newborns, and seven surrendering militants left Aleppo’s blocked quarters with the help of officers of the Russian reconciliation center," the bulletin says.

Russian reconciliation center

The Russian Defense Ministry declared the establishment of the reconciliation center on February 23. It is headquartered at the Hmeimim air base, Latakia province. The center was set up in line with agreements reached by Russia and the United States to facilitate the negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition and to organize humanitarian deliveries.

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