UN chief Ban Ki-moon says a fragile Syria ceasefire is holding “by and large” despite “incidents” of fighting at the weekend, as a UN-backed taskforce was set to meet to evaluate various accusations of breaches.
“As of now I can tell you that by and large the cessation of hostilities is holding even though we have experienced some incidents,” Ban tells reporters in Geneva.
The taskforce monitoring the truce is “now trying to make sure that this does not spread any further and that this cessation of hostilities can continue.”
That taskforce is scheduled to meet at 4:00 p.m Israel time, the top UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, tells AFP.
The tenuous truce, negotiated by Washington and Moscow and backed by the UN, is in its third day despite reports of violations on both sides.