UN Syria envoy: Islamic State threat may encourage local truces

November 11, 2014 12:21


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BEIRUT - A common threat posed by Islamic State fighters to Syria's warring factions may help push government and rebel forces toward local truces, the United Nations' peace envoy to Syria said in an interview published on Tuesday.

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura is pushing an initiative to create "incremental freeze zones" to stop localized fighting and improve aid access, starting in the northern city of Aleppo.

Syrian President Bashar Assad was quoted on Monday as saying the proposal was "worth studying".

De Mistura told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that Islamic State, which is also known as 'Daesh' and 'ISIS', was "destabilizing everybody".

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