Strong doubts that Syria's ceasefire will lead to breakthrough - expert

The Syrian ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia may not yield any positive political outcomes.

This is according to international politics expert, Professor Scott Lucas from Birmingham University.

According to Lucas, the rebels and military regimes only agreed to the shaky truce to advance their own interests.

No one really believes that the so-called ceasefire will lead to a political solution. It was more that each actor was trying to use this for leverage and, in some cases, to buy time.

Prof. Scott Lucas

Lucas predicts that the ceasefire will be formally declared over at some point this week.

He explains that the closest outcome to a resolution will be de facto partition of Syria, dividing the country into separate powers reserved for President Bashar al-Assad, the opposition and rebel groups respectively.

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