U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have reached a provisional agreement on the terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday (February 21) he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria, indicating there are still unresolved issues. "The modalities for a cessation of hostilities are now being completed," Kerry told a news conference in Amman with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. "We have reached a provisional agreement in principle on the terms of a cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days," Kerry said. Kerry said he had spoken to Lavrov repeatedly, including a conversation earlier on Sunday, and that he anticipated that U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin would be speaking in the coming days in order to complete the provisional agreement in principle. "It is not yet done and I anticipate that our presidents, President Obama and President Putin, may well speak somewhere in the next days or so in order to try and complete this task," he said. In Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed the conversation and said in a statement that the discussions between Lavrov and Kerry were on ceasefire conditions, which would exclude operations against organizations "recognized as terrorist by UN Security Council".