Turkey welcomes Syria cease-fire plan brokered by US, Russia

February 22, 2016 20:55


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ISTANBUL - Turkey welcomes a cease-fire plan for Syria worked out by the United States and Russia and hopes that Moscow will now cease air strikes that have killed civilians, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

"We view it as possible that a cease-fire will be reached. We hope it will not be like previous ceasefires and will have the capacity to be implemented," he told reporters at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.

"We hope that Russia, in its fight against Islamic State, will not fly its jets and kill innocent people" while the combatants negotiate over an end to the five-year conflict, Kurtulmus also said in comments broadcast live by CNN Turk.

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