U.S., Russia Urge Adherence to Fragile Cease-Fire in Syria

PARIS (AP) -
Men are pictured near the damage after air strikes on Thursday hit a camp for internally displaced people in Syria's Idlib province near the Turkish border, May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah
Men are pictured near the damage after air strikes on Thursday hit a camp for internally displaced people in Syria’s Idlib province near the Turkish border. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)

The United States and Russia are urging Syria’s government and opposition groups to adhere to a revived cease-fire and allow humanitarian aid to flow to critical areas.

The two countries are the chief architects of the fragile truce. They’re using a joint statement to show they’re still committed to holding the truce together and resuming peace talks to end Syria’s civil war.

The U.S. and Russia say they are also committed to developing a “shared understanding” of where terror groups Islamic State and the al Qaida-linked Nusra Front hold territory. The groups are excluded from the cease-fire but are fighting alongside Western-backed rebels, complicating efforts to enforce the truce.

The statement comes as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a meeting of nations supporting the opposition in Paris.