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UN adopts opposition initiative in Aleppo

December 10, 2016 at 12:55 am

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura speaks during a press conference [Volkan Furuncu/Andaolu]

Syrian opposition sources have confirmed that the UN informed them of its adoption of an initiative they submitted to remove the wounded and that the matter is dependent on Russia’s approval. The Syrian regime announced it is willing to rescue Syrian talks.

Al Jazeera’s Gaziantep correspondent quoted a source from the armed Syrian opposition saying that a meeting was held between them and UN representatives and Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura and they informed them that they are adopting the initiative presented by the opposition forces in Aleppo.

The correspondent also said that the initiative consists of a five-day ceasefire, allowing the exit of the wounded and civilians wanting to leave the city to the northern Aleppo suburbs, and sitting at the negotiations table to put an end to the conflict in Aleppo.

Lists of the 500 critically wounded individuals in Aleppo are being prepared in order to remove them from the city for treatment. The corresponded reported that the final approval is awaited from Russia, after having given its initial approval.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry in Damascus announced its willingness to resume Syrian-Syrian talks without external intervention or pre-conditions.