Aleppo peace plan won’t benefit Assad: U.N. envoy

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ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Steffan de Mistura, the United Nation’s peace envoy to Syria, denied that the proposed truce in the northern city of Aleppo would serve the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

De Mistura said on Tuesday that his peace plan is meant to build a basis for a political solution for the Syrian crisis. 

The U.N. peace envoy held meetings with Syrian rebel leaders in Turkey to discuss his proposal of a freeze-zone in Aleppo, which will be extended to other war-torn areas if successful.

According to opposition activists, de Mistura’s peace plan in Aleppo could serve pro-Assad forces regain control of the city, comparing that to an earlier internationally backed plan in the city of Homs, which was then controlled by the regime forces amid forced withdrawal of the armed opposition from the city.  

“It’s not a ceasefire like in Homs … They (the opposition) need to feel comfortable that this is a U.N. plan that has only one aim — freeze the fighting, bring in the aid, stop this conflict. And starting from Aleppo,” de Mistura told Reuters. 

“We’re looking at many conditions and many aspects in order to reassure everyone because everyone has a problem of trust.” 

The city of Aleppo is currently divided between the rebel forces and pro-Assad army. 

 

Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News 

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