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France, Britain To Pressure Russia On Syria


French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron have urged Moscow and Damascus to "immediately stop attacks” on Syria’s moderate opposition.

In a joint declaration after a bilateral summit in France on March 3, the two leaders called on all parties to stick to a cease-fire and halt human rights violations.

They also urged Russia and the Syrian regime to stop attacks on medical sites as well as their advance to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, which it says is “compromising peace and threatening to dramatically worsen the refugee crisis."

Cameron and Hollande are scheduled on March 4 to speak about Syria’s truce in a conference call with the leaders of Russia and Germany.

"We want to pressure all the protagonists in the conflict, including Russia," Hollande said at a joint news conference with Cameron.

Cameron’s office said Britain, France, and Germany need to make it very clear to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Syria’s cease-fire must hold in order "to open the way for a real political transition" in Syria.

The fragile truce between the forces of Syria’s Russian-backed President Bashar al-Assad and opposition groups came into force last week.

It does not include terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

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