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Syria's Assad would consider U.N. cease-fire proposal for Aleppo
Syria's Assad would consider U.N. cease-fire proposal for Aleppo

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that his government would consider a United Nations-backed proposal for a cease-fire in the embattled northern city of Aleppo, state media reported. The Syrian government views the U.N. idea as “worth studying ... in order to attain its aims to return security to the city of Aleppo,” reported the official Syrian news service, citing Assad. But Assad neither endorsed nor rejected the idea. The message came after Assad met in Damascus with Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. special envoy for Syria. The veteran Italian diplomat is trying to craft a peace process for war-ravaged Syria, a goal that eluded his two predecessors, Kofi Annan and...

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