28-11-2020 05:25 AM Jerusalem Timing

Russia, US Agree on ‘Regime of Silence’ in Syria’s Lattakia, Damascus

Russia, US Agree on ‘Regime of Silence’ in Syria’s Lattakia, Damascus

A cessation of hostilities has been agreed upon in some parts of Syria, sponsored by Russia

A cessation of hostilities has been agreed upon in some parts of Syria, sponsored by Russia, RIA news agency cited a source as saying Friday.

Jaafari, USRussia and the United States have agreed to enhance the cessation of hostilities in northern Lattakia province and suburbs of Damascus in Syria from midnight on April 30.

A source in the ceasefire task force told Sputnik on Friday the United States will apply for 24 hours in Damascus and the surrounding area and 72 hours in Lattakia. The truce will also apply to Aleppo.

"At 00:00 on April 29-30 Russia and the United States, as co-chairs of the task force on ceasefire in Syria, have agreed to introduce state of ‘regime of silence’ in northern regions of Lattakia and Damascus suburbs. This is an extra measure to resolve local problematic instances," the source said.

The "regime of silence" will be introduced for 24 hours in the capital city of Damascus and for 72 hours in the province of Lattakia.

"Russia has notified the Syrian government of an agreement reached by Russia and the United States on introduction of the ‘regime of silence’ which will begin at 00:01 on Sunday, May 1. It will last for 24 hours in Damascus and its suburbs, and in Lattakia and its suburbs it will last for 72 hours," the source close to the negotiations said.

According to the source, Moscow and Washington would be the guarantors of the "regime of silence."

"We expect that both the government of Syria and the illegal armed formations will adhere to it, stop shelling and dangerous military activity," the source explained.

However, according to the source, the Syrian city of Aleppo, mired in heavy fighting will not be included in the silence regime.