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Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 16:54

Syrian opposition accepts conditional truce

By Associated Press

Syrian opposition accepts conditional truce
Syrian opposition chief Riad Hijab, right, standing next to High Negotiations Committee (HNC) spokesman Salem al-Meslet, left, as they attend a press conference after Syrian peace talks, at the President Wilson hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb 3, 2016. (Martial Trezzini / Keystone via AP)

BEIRUT - The main umbrella for Syrian opposition and rebel groups says it "agrees to a temporary truce" as long as the main opposition's demands are met.

The High Negotiations Committee says in a statement issued after its meeting in Saudi Arabia late Monday that it "has given its acceptance of international efforts for a cessation of hostilities in Syria."

The announcement came hours after the United States and Russia agreed on a new cease-fire for Syria that will take effect Saturday.

The HNC says "acceptance of the truce is conditional" to the Syrian government ending its siege of 18 rebel-held areas, releasing detainees and the cessation of aerial and artillery bombardment.

Indirect peace talks between the Syrian government and HNC collapsed on Feb 3, because of a large-scale government offensive.

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