UN Syria envoy pitches Aleppo truce plan to rebels in Turkey

December 8, 2014 18:09

ISTANBUL - The United Nations peace envoy to Syria is holding talks with the Syrian opposition in Turkey to promote a cease-fire proposal for the northern city of Aleppo, opposition sources said on Monday.

Staffan de Mistura hopes the plan will establish truces in Aleppo, once Syria's commercial center and second-most-populous city, and allow aid into rebel districts.

Aleppo has been split roughly in half between opposition groups in the east and government troops in the west, with the remaining civilians subjected to barrel bombing campaigns. The fighting has severely restricted access for humanitarian aid.

De Mistura met on Sunday with Hadi al-Bahra, head of the western-backed National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, in Istanbul, according to Monzer Akbik, a senior member of the opposition group.

"It was a preliminary exchange of ideas, and we did not outline a final position," Akbik told Reuters, adding the two had discussed whether the plan should apply to all of Aleppo province or just the city.

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