BEIRUT - A United Nations plan for local ceasefires in Syria is deadlocked, with Damascus feeling it does not need to make concessions to disparate armed groups, Western diplomats familiar with the talks said.
Since October, UN Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura has been working on a plan to broker "local freezes," starting in the northern city of Aleppo, to alleviate fighting that has killed more than 200,000 people in four years; 2,700 of them in January alone, according to a monitoring group.
Both the United Nations and the government say talks continue but diplomats say there is no progress. "The freeze is frozen. It is just going from bad to worse," one said.