March 22, 2018 / 9:06 PM / 4 months ago

Failaq al-Rahman says ceasefire in its Ghouta enclave agreed for midnight

BEIRUT (Reuters) - An ceasefire has been agreed in principle for the enclave of Syria’s eastern Ghouta under the control of the rebel group Failaq al-Rahman to stop civilian suffering, the group’s spokesman said on Thursday.

“Failaq al-Rahman communicated through the U.N. and the U.N. reached a ceasefire deal in principle to begin at 00:00 Damascus time (2200 GMT) on Friday, 23rd March, 2018, so that there will be a final negotiating session ... in order to negotiate with the Russian side about finding a solution to guarantee the safety of civilians and to guarantee that their suffering stops,” Wael Alwan, Failaq al-Rahman’s Istanbul-based spokesman, told Reuters in a recorded voice message.

A committee from the enclave consisting of a delegation from Failaq al-Rahman and civilian institutions will take part in the negotiations session, he said.

Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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