UN's Syria mediator proposed UN truce plan for Aleppo

Nov 11, 2014 16:00 IST

The UN's Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura proposed a UN truce plan for Aleppo in Syria. The truce plan called for creating freeze zones in local areas.

The creation of freeze zones will help 'freeze' fighting in local areas so as to allow for aid deliveries and to lay the groundwork for peace talks.

The proposal was conveyed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during talks in the Syrian capital, Damascus, in the envoy's second visit to the country since his appointment in July 2014.

Mistura’s proposal for local ceasefires in the war-ravaged northern city of Aleppo was accepted by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on 10 November 2014. His office said the proposal was worth studying to return security to Aleppo.

Aleppo is the largest city in Syria and is the most populous Syrian governorate. It is located in northwestern Syria. It is also one of the largest cities in the Levant and for centuries it was the Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo.

It is also among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, since 6th millennium BC. It has been a strategic trading point midway between the Mediterranean Sea and Mesopotamia (i.e. modern Iraq).

Aleppo, the Old City is also enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Syria’s civil war has affected Aleppo the hardest. Since start of civil war in July 2012, Aleppo has witnessed deaths of more than two lakh people. The place is suffering from fights between the government and rebel groups such as the Nusra Front and ISIS. At present, the city is split into rebel and government controlled areas.


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