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article imageSyria: Russia wants regime and rebels to hold daily truces

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By Paul Iddon     Mar 19, 2012 in Politics
Russia, one of the two countries to veto the UN Resolution condemning Syrian President Bashar Al-Assads actions, has called for daily truces between the two warring sides to allow in essential Red Cross humanitarian services.
Russia's foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the Assad regime and his armed opponents to "without delay" agree "to daily humanitarian pauses" Reuters has reported.
This comes after the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Jakob Kellenberger had talks with Mr. Lavrov.
Russia (along with China) had previously vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution that condemned Assad's actions when his forces indiscriminately bombarded and laid siege on the city of Homs.
Kellenberger has told Lavrov that the deteriorating situation in Syria raises the urgent need for daily cease fires.
He is seemingly satisfied with the result of his meeting with Lavrov telling Reuters that he was "agreed to and was supportive of" the plan.
However, it remains unclear as of writing how exactly Russia will go about convincing or pressuring Assad to cooperate.
CBS quoted Lavrov regarding a ceasefire as having stated that:
"We are supporting the need to start a political process, and to do that it's necessary to have a cease-fire first. Russia wil do everything for that, irrespective of the decision made by the Syrian government. We disagree with many of those, by the way."
In its report BBC News quoted Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford as stating that Russia is now calling for what it had been all along, the ceasing of fighting, the only difference with this new agreement he pointed out was that the Red Cross agreement would only see "brief pauses in the shooting and shelling, rather than a complete stop."
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