File - Residents arrive on foot to inspect their homes in the al-Hamdeya neighborhood, after the cessation of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Homs city May 9, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri
Shaky path to peace
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"Waer neighborhood has been under the Syrian regime's suffocating siege since Oct. 10, 2013 .Agreements on local cease-fires or truces have been a part of the Syrian uprising for the last few years and according to a new report appropriately entitled "Hungry for Peace," such efforts even go back to the autumn of 2011, in Homs.It finds that there is strong – if not overwhelming – local support for such initiatives, and as the report points out, there are tangible benefits to agreeing to such truces, namely a sharp reduction in human suffering and casualties from the conflict, now in its fourth year.The report acknowledges this point and Turkmani commented that both external players and some local groups, such as pro-regime paramilitaries, have an interest in blocking such truce agreements because they have an interest in seeing the conflict continue.The report says the two sides in Barzeh were encouraged to negotiate a truce because of a situation of military stalemate.With de Mistura touting a cease-fire proposal for war-ravaged Aleppo, it is difficult to see how the truce efforts can succeed in a much larger and more complicated theater of war, even if President Bashar Assad and other officials have commented that the U.N. envoy's proposals are "worth study".
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