Region: Armenia welcomes Syria ceasefire agreement

Official Yerevan welcomes the U.S.-Russian agreement on ceasefire in Syria, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said in a statement on its official Facebook account.

The United States and Russia have agreed on a new ceasefire for Syria that will take effect on February 27 even as major questions over enforcing and responding to violations of the truce were left unresolved.

The two countries have led coalitions fighting Islamic terrorism in Syria and Iraq, but have different attitudes towards the current Syrian government.

If implemented, the deal will bring relative tranquility to the region torn by internal conflict and external interventions for nearly five years.

The civil war that began in Syria in March 2011, with opposition factions seeking the ouster of the Bashar al-Assad regime, later turned into an all-versus-all conflict, with Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra establishing control over large swaths of Syrian and Iraqi territory in the process.

Tens of thousands of ethnic Armenians had to flee their homes in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria during the years of the conflict, with an estimated 16,000 of them taking refuge in historical homeland Armenia. Many ethnic Armenians also left Syria for neighboring Lebanon and other countries in Europe and overseas.

A considerable number of ethnic Armenians, most of them being descendants of the 1915 genocide in Ottoman Turkey, however, still remain in Syria, bearing the hardships of the conflict along with their countrymen of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds.