UN urges US-Russia deal on Syria, cautious on Russian Aleppo plan

GENEVA - UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia and the United States on Thursday to work together in reducing the fighting in Syria, saying that failure of their cooperation plan would have a very negative impact on planned peace talks.
US and Russian military officials were coming to Geneva to discuss details, he told reporters after a weekly meeting of the humanitarian task force. "We are all awaiting and urging the two co-chairs - which means Russia and the US- to expedite their own discussions on how to reduce violence."
He said it would be premature to comment on Syria and Russia's announcements of an aid plan for civilians besieged in eastern Aleppo and an amnesty for surrendering fighters there, which he said the United Nations, "like everyone else", was not consulted on beforehand. The situation in Aleppo was extremely serious, with only 2-3 weeks of supplies left, he said.
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