After years of fighting in Syria the peace talks on the war keep coming to ahead. Although there has been a considerable decrease, violations have occurred. On February 26th, 2016 The United States and Russia agreed to a cessation of hostiles between the Syrian government and the groups fighting. This deal excluded the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the Al-Nusra Front.
The cease fire will allow for desperate humanitarian aids for civilians on ground. On march 1st, 2016 it was announced by the United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura that “we are delaying it to the afternoon of [March] 9th for logistical and technical reasons and also for the ceasefire to better settle down.”
President al-Assad sees the news of a cease fire as a ‘glimmer of hope’ for his country, but the oppositions continuous violations of the agreement causes hope to dim. Assad says “the terrorists have breached the deal from the first day. We as the Syrian army are refraining from responding in order to give a chance to sustain the agreement. But in the end there are limits and it all depends on the other side,”
The BBC reports that Al-Assad’s government has equally been blamed in turn by the opposition. The opposition is claiming that the Syrian government is breaching the truce by attacking their positions. The cessation of hostilities agreement, drawn up by the United States and Russia, is seen by the U.N. as an opportunity to revive peace talks which collapsed before they had even started a month ago in Geneva.
As March 9th approaches tensions increase in the hopes that a cease fire can come underway to give desperate help to those on the ground.