Delegates in Munich have welcomed the agreement to cease hostilities in Syria.
But challenges still lie ahead, as European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini acknowledged:
“Now the real test will be on the implementation of what we have agreed tonight. But I think it is positive that we have achieved this common result, all united and all committed.”
Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said:
“We not only agreed in general about improving the humanitarian situation, but also agreed that the first humanitarian aid transports should take place at the weekend.”
A spokesperson for the Syrian opposition hailed the plan to reach a ceasefire and facilitate humanitarian aid. Salim al-Muslat said relieving the Syrian people must apply to all Syrians, and urged:
“We must see action on the ground. Once we see implementation, we will be ready for the political process.”
Peace talks on Syria were scheduled in Geneva earlier in February. But they stopped before they’d even started after Syrian government troops, backed by Russian air strikes, began an offensive in Aleppo Province.