Syrian opposition agrees to Aleppo ceasefire plan

Published February 19th, 2015 - 02:00 GMT

Khaled Khoja, president of the Syrian coalition, said Thursday he supports the UN’s "action plan" in Syria to halt the ongoing violence in Aleppo and other Syrian provinces.

"We welcome any effort aimed at stopping the bloodshed in Syria and this has been the position of the Syrian coalition since it was established," Khoja said in an interview published on the website of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.

"(UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan) de Mistura informed me about the ideas in his initiative during a telephone conversation two days ago and I told him that this requires a careful and detailed study and that stopping aerial bombardment must include all Syrian cities and that there must also be an end to killing on the ground," Khoja said.

"For a solution to be comprehensive, de Mistura’s proposal must ensure stopping other means of killing and fighting terrorism, including state terrorism practiced by the Assad regime."

De Mistura’s action plan, announced in October 2014, includes establishing a special "freeze" zone in Aleppo in which fighting would stop, leading to the delivery of humanitarian aid and the build-up of the political process at the local level.

Street protests, ruthlessly repressed by the Assad regime, turned into a bloody civil war in Syria in 2011.


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