Syria ready to study UN ceasefire plan for Aleppo: Assad
Iran Press TV
Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:15PM GMT
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he is ready to study the United Nations' initiative to "freeze" military operations in the northern city of Aleppo.
'President Assad has been informed by [UN special envoy to Syria Staffan] de Mistura of the main points of his initiative,' a statement released by the Syrian president's office said on Monday.
'[Assad] said it was worthy of study and that work on it is needed...in order to re-establish security in Aleppo,' added the statement, which was issued after a meeting between the Syrian president and the UN envoy in Damascus.
On October 30, the UN envoy proposed an action plan for areas where Syrian forces are fighting Takfiri militants, and said the proposal includes "freeze zones" in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid, starting with the country's largest city, Aleppo.
President Assad and de Mistura also agreed to unite all international efforts to combat terrorism in Syria and across the region.
Syrian state news agency, SANA, meanwhile, quoted the UN mediator as saying that he was determined to ensure that his mission succeeds.
Aleppo has been one of the main areas hit by fierce fighting between the government forces and foreign-backed militants.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are reportedly supporting the militants operating in Syria.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein has said that more than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict since March 2011.
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