A Syrian man and his children carry sacks of wheat and aid, provided by the World Food Programme (WFP), in Kafr Batna, in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 1, 2016. AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY
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The United Nations will delay the next round of Syria peace talks by two days to allow the cessation of hostilities in force since Saturday to take hold, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said.The cessation of hostilities was "a glimmer of hope," Syrian President Bashar Assad said, although he accused the opposition of violating the agreement.The cessation of hostilities agreement, drawn up by the United States and Russia, is seen by the U.N. as an opportunity to revive peace talks which collapsed before they had even started a month ago in Geneva.However, the opposition said it had yet to be officially informed of a new round of talks on March 9 .U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said there was an urgent need to implement the agreement and for the warring parties to return to the negotiating table, a U.N. statement said.Syria's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, Hussam Aala, said his government was cooperating over aid deliveries, including to rebel-held areas.
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