Russia To Push for Cease Fire
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday March 20, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
The International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, has gotten a commitment from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to propose the concept of daily cease fires in Syria to Syrian leadership.
In principle this would mean several hours every day during which the ICRC can provide service to victims. It will be a time when they can evacuate the wounded and provide medicine and food to those in need.
Russia agreed that it was a good idea and that they would relay the message to Syria.
The idea of having several hours dedicated to life saving measures was something Russia felt that they could convince Syria to adopt.
In response to a question asking if Lavrov thought that Syria would respond positively to Russian pressure about this daily ceasefire, Lavrov responded "absolutely."
This may make a difference for the wounded.
This is certainly further proof of the influence Russia wields in Syria.
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