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Syrian foreign minister says cease-fire agreement 'not dead'

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, rescue workers work the site of airstrikes in the al-Sakhour neighborhood of the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in a TV interview broadcast Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, that an internationally-brokered cease-fire for Syria is still viable, as rescue workers in Aleppo cleaned up from what they said were the worst airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years. Syria’s military declared the cease-fire ended one week ago. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, file photo, provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, rescue workers work the site of airstrikes in the al-Sakhour neighborhood of the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in a TV interview broadcast Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, that an internationally-brokered cease-fire for Syria is still viable, as rescue workers in Aleppo cleaned up from what they said were the worst airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years. Syria’s military declared the cease-fire ended one week ago. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this In this March 12, 2016 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem sits beneath a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad as he speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria. An internationally-brokered cease-fire for Syria is still viable, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in a TV interview broadcast Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, and President Bashar Assad’s administration is prepared to take part in a unity government. The interview on Mayadeen TV came as rescue workers in Aleppo cleaned up from what they said were the worst airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years. (SANA via AP, File)

    FILE -- In this In this March 12, 2016 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem sits beneath a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad as he speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria. An internationally-brokered cease-fire for Syria is still viable, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said in a TV interview broadcast Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, and President Bashar Assad’s administration is prepared to take part in a unity government. The interview on Mayadeen TV came as rescue workers in Aleppo cleaned up from what they said were the worst airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years. (SANA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, an anti-Syrian government fighter, left, looks at a Syrian soldier, right, as he leaves the last besieged rebel-held neighborhood of Al-Waer in Homs province, Syria, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. A new batch of rebels evacuated from the central city of Homs Monday, a Syrian official said. Homs governor Talal Barazi said 120 gunmen and their families were expected to depart al-Waer neighborhood by bus as part of an arrangement to restore government authority over the rebellious district. (SANA via AP)

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, an anti-Syrian government fighter, left, looks at a Syrian soldier, right, as he leaves the last besieged rebel-held neighborhood of Al-Waer in Homs province, Syria, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. A new batch of rebels evacuated from the central city of Homs Monday, a Syrian official said. Homs governor Talal Barazi said 120 gunmen and their families were expected to depart al-Waer neighborhood by bus as part of an arrangement to restore government authority over the rebellious district. (SANA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says a U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire agreement is still viable and says his administration is prepared to take part in a unity government.

In an interview broadcast on the Mayadeen TV channel Monday, al-Moallem accused the U.S., Britain, and France of convening a U.N. Security Council meeting a day earlier in order to support "terrorists" inside Syria. But he said ongoing communications between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meant a truce agreement brokered two weeks ago is "not dead."

Syria's military declared the cease-fire ended one week ago.

Al-Moallem reaffirmed his government's proposed roadmap to end Syria's war, saying Damascus would support a referendum on a new constitution followed by parliamentary elections and the formation of a unity government.