Russia Agrees To 48-Hour Aleppo Truce, UN Waiting for Parties to Commit: De Mistura

تم نشره في Thu 25 August / Aug 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Citizens in the rebel-controlled parts of Aleppo after an air strike - (Archives)

GENEVA — Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, UN officials said on Thursday.

The United Nations has been pushing for a weekly 48-hour pause in fighting in Aleppo to alleviate suffering for some 2 million people, with major powers backing opposing sides in Syria's 5-year-old civil war.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, said: "But we are ready, trucks are ready and they can leave anytime we get that message."

He refused to take questions, but his comments appeared to refer to rebel groups supported by Western and Gulf powers opposed to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose main external supporter is Russia.

On Aug 19th, the main umbrella group for the Syrian opposition cautiously welcomed a proposal for a weekly 48-day truce in Aleppo to allow aid to reach besieged areas, provided this would be monitored by the United Nations.

De Mistura has been trying to bring government and opposition representatives back to the negotiating table this month to revive a shattered ceasefire and end the war. He said he awaited Friday's meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov in Geneva before commenting further.