Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey and Russia will be the guarantors of a ceasefire deal, speaking just before a deal is announced by Syria, Russia and Ankara. (Rough Cut - no reporter narration).
SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Turkey, along with Russia, will guarantee a ceasefire in Syria -- which is set to start at midnight on December 30 - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday (December 29). Cavusoglu was speaking just before his own foreign ministry announced the deal was due to take effect at midnight on December 30. At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government had signed a truce deal and the Syrian army announced via the state news agency that it would halt fighting from midnight, December 30. "Russia and Turkey are guarantors of the agreement being worked on in Ankara. Regarding the agreement that will be signed by the regime, there is nothing final on whether Russia will be the only guarantor to sign it or whether it will be signed by Iran as well. But it is agreed that Russia will be a guarantor," Cavusoglu told Turkish broadcaster A Haber. Cavusoglu said all foreign fighter groups in Syria - including Hezbollah - need to leave the country. Syrian state news agency SANA said the agreement excluded Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Nusra Front and all groups linked to them.