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Will current truce pave way for permanent cease-fire in Syria?

Experts on Syria say the recent cease-fire implemented in Syria is only a temporary truce that will not lead to a long-term peaceful solution to the crisis.
Syrian Army forces look on as buses leave district of Waer during a truce between the government and rebels, in Homs, Syria December 9, 2015. Scores of people left the last area held by insurgents in the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday under a local truce between the government and rebels, a monitoring group said, a rare agreement in Syria's nearly five-year conflict. Three buses carrying people had left the previously besieged district of Waer, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. About 750 peopl

A Russian and US-sponsored cease-fire went into effect on the night of Feb. 27. The lull in fighting, which was violated by both sides several times during the weekend according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, will be used by the regime to consolidate new areas falling under its control, experts say.

The temporary truce will be nonetheless difficult to maintain given the ingraining of extremist groups, such as Jabhat al-Nusra, in rebel areas and the labeling by both Russia and the Syrian regime of certain regions as radical, such as Madaya or some Aleppo areas that are often home to moderate or Islamic militants.

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