Syria govt accepts Russian plan for ceasefire in besieged E. Ghouta – UN envoy

The Syrian government has accepted a Russian suggestion of a ceasefire in the besieged rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday. “I was just informed by the Russians today at the P5 meeting that the Russians have proposed and the government has accepted a ceasefire on eastern Ghouta,” Reuters quoted de Mistura as saying. “Now we need to see whether this takes place.” The envoy added that “it’s not coincidental that this has actually been proposed and agreed upon just at the beginning of this session” of peace talks on Syria in Geneva.