Croatian foreign minister satisfied with cessation of hostilities in Syria

Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said during a visit to Munich on Friday that he was satisfied that the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) had reached agreement on a cessation of hostilities in that country.

"It seems a ceasefire has been reached in Syria. That is a big step in the right direction. The EU has to act globally, seek an alliance with friends in NATO and be active on the ground to bring peace to people who are suffering because of war, and in some way keep migrants where they are and help them there so that not all those who are seeking a better life come to the EU," Kovac told reporters upon arriving in Munich.

The Croatian minister is to attend the 52nd Munich Security Conference, taking place February 12-14. The Croatian delegation at the event is headed by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

Resolving the Syrian crisis also requires seeking partnership with Russia, said Kovac.

The leading world powers early on Friday morning agreed at an ISSG meeting on a cessation of hostilities in Syria and on the delivery of humanitarian aid to its population.

US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters that the cessation of hostilities would be implemented within a week.

Following marathon talks, which involved Russia and 15 other countries, the countries agreed that talks on peace in Syria, taking place in Geneva, should resume as soon as possible.

Some 30 heads of state and more than 70 foreign and defence ministers are expected to attend the Munich conference, to begin this afternoon.

The conference, first held in 1963, has become one of the most influential forums on international security.

Its 52nd edition is being held at a time when a new refugee tide is threatening to start from Alep, the second biggest Syrian city under attack by both government and Russian forces. Around 50,000 people have already fled the city of 2.3 million people for Turkey and hundreds of thousands could be left without food if the blockade continues, the UN has warned.

Last update: Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:52
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