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Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 21:18

Turkey, Russia agree on Syria cease-fire plan

By Agencies
Turkey, Russia agree on Syria cease-fire plan
In this Oct 10, 2016 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left and Russian President Vladimir Putin, shake hands following the group photo at the World Energy Congress, in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)

ANKARA — Turkey and Russia have reached an agreement on a cease-fire plan comprising the whole of Syria, and the two countries will work to ensure that it comes into effect at midnight Wednesday night, Turkey's state-run news agency reported Wednesday.

Terror organizations would be kept out of the scope of the cease-fire agreement

The Anadolu Agency, quoting unnamed sources, said the plan would be presented to all sides of the Syria conflict and aims for a cease-fire that would come into force "in all regions" where fighting between pro-government forces and opposition groups is taking place.

Terror organizations would be kept out of the scope of the cease-fire agreement, the agency said, without elaborating on which insurgent groups would be considered terror organizations.

It said a peace process in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana would go ahead under Russia and Turkey's leadership if the cease-fire holds. Anadolu said the two countries would act as "guarantors" of the peace process.

Turkey, Russia agree on Syria cease-fire plan
In this April 14, 2016, file photo, a Russian military camp is seen at the ancient city of Palmyra in the central city of Homs, Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

The Kremlin said it could not comment on the report.

"I cannot answer that question right now," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. "I don't have sufficient information."

"We are constantly in touch with our Turkish colleagues to discuss various details about the possible talks that are planned for Astana," he said, referring to potential Syrian peace talks Russia wants to organise in Kazakhstan.

"This is all being done to search for a political resolution for Syria."

There was no immediate confirmation from Turkey's Foreign Ministry.

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