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U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL ADOPTS RESOLUTION SUPPORTING SYRIA CEASEFIRE, PEACE TALKS

UNITED NATIONS, New York, The UN Security Council, on Saturday, unanimously adopted a resolution, supporting the Syria cease-fire arrangement, brokered by Russia and Turkey, as well as, a new peace talks plan, among Syrian conflicting parties.

The nationwide cease-fire in Syria, agreed upon by the Syrian government and major opposition groups, came into force at midnight local time, Thursday, as the latest attempt to end nearly six years of civil war.

It aims to pave the way for new peace talks, between the parties, set to be held in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, later this month.

The 15-nation council "welcomes and supports the efforts by Russia and Turkey, to end the violence in Syria and jump-start a political process," and looks forward to the Astana meeting, which it called, "an important step," ahead of the resumption of negotiations under UN auspices, in Geneva.

According to local monitor group, the nationwide cease-fire is holding, in most areas in Syria, despite sporadic breaches near Damascus and in the countryside of the northern city of Aleppo.

The chronic conflicts in Syria have killed more than 300,000 people and displaced nearly 11 million others.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK