UN says Syria willing to suspend Aleppo air strikes for six weeks

February 18, 2015 02:29

The United Nations Syria mediator told the UN Security Council on Tuesday that the Syrian government was willing to suspend its aerial bombardment of the northern city of Aleppo to allow a local ceasefire to be piloted, diplomats said.

Staffan de Mistura told the council he would travel to Syria to discuss further and gave no indication of when the suspension of aerial bombardments might start, said diplomats attending the closed door meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

De Mistura has been working since October on his plan to negotiate "local freezes" in Syria, starting in Aleppo.

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