DAMASCUS, Syria – The United Nations envoy to Syria called Tuesday for a truce in the northern city of Aleppo as a possible step to a wider resolution of the country’s civil war, though activists cast doubt on the plan.
U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura spoke at a news conference in the capital, Damascus, as part of his three-day visit to Syria.
His public call for a cease-fire came a day after Syrian President Bashar Assad said the suggestion was “worth studying.”
Previously, pro-government Syrian media lashed out at de Mistura, accusing the envoy of overstepping his bounds for suggesting local truces.
The envoy called the situation urgent.
“Aleppo is not far from a possible collapse,” he said. A truce would be a “building block for a political process.”
Aleppo is the last major city where rebels hold large areas, but they are under attack from advancing government…
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