Turkey, Russia should renew commitment to Syria ceasefire, says UN’s De Mistura

UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura

UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told reporters on Wednesday that it was time for Russia and Turkey to renew their commitments to the ceasefire in Syria.

“Regarding Astana, two very important men, President [Vladimir] Putin and President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan just on the 29th of December announced a ceasefire, and they committed themselves to make all what they can to make sure that that ceasefire works,” de Mistura said.

The UN Envoy added that the ceasefire worked during the period of January and even during a good part of February, and urged “it’s time for that commitment to be renewed because they do have the guarantors to which now Iran has joined the capacity of influencing this.”

Russia and Turkey are the guarantors of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire that came into force on 30 December, 2016 and has been holding up in general, despite continued reports of violations. The UN Security Council passed a resolution in December 2016 supporting the effort.