EU's Mogherini welcomes Syria deal, wants political transition plan

Reuters , Saturday 10 Sep 2016

European Union's Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini delivers a speech during a press conference following the Turkey - EU High Level Political Dialogue Meeting on September 9, 2016 (Photo: AFP)

European Union's top diplomat Federica Mogherini welcomed the Syria truce deal announced by Russia and the United States on Saturday and called on the United Nations to prepare proposals for political transition talks in Syria.

Washington and Moscow hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria's peace process back on track, including a nationwide ceasefire effective from sundown on Monday, improved aid access and joint targeting of banned militant Islamist groups.

"The agreement... is very welcome. All parties to the conflict, other than groups designated as terrorist organisations by the United Nations Security Council, must now ensure its effective implementation," Mogherini said.

She also said in a statement that the EU joined others "urging the UN to prepare a proposal for political transition" to serve as "the starting point for resumption of the intra-Syrian talks."

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