The Brazilian Government welcomes the announcement by the United States and Russia, on September 9, 2016, in Geneva, of a Cessation of Hostilities Agreement to go into effect on September 12, 2016; increased humanitarian access; the creation of necessary conditions for the resumption of the intra-Syrian Political Dialogue mediated by the United Nations; the effective separation, on the ground, of opposition groups participating in the Dialogue and terrorists; and the fight against terrorism in Syria.
The Brazilian Government hopes that the cessation of hostilities represents an important step towards a definitive agreement between the Syrian Government and opposition groups participating in the Dialogue, which allows to end the conflict and to secure our sister nation Syria, to which Brazil feels especially close, a secure and peaceful future. Brazil reaffirms its commitment to the independence, sovereignty ad territorial integrity of Syria.
The Brazilian Government urges the Syrian Arabic Republic to extend its cooperation to the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities and to the resumption of the intra-Syrian talks. It also calls on all UN Member States involved, in accordance with the Security Council resolutions, to prevent the supply of weapons and provisions to terrorist groups designated by the UNSC, such as the self-styled "Islamic State", Al-Qaida in Syria and associated militias.
The Brazilian Government reiterates its full support for the work of the United Nations in the humanitarian field and the mediation efforts towards peace led by the Secretary General's Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura.
Minister of Foreign Affairs