UN Syria envoy calls for truce in Aleppo as step to wider resolution of war

Global News

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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