SYRIA CONFLICT: TRUCE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE – OBAMA CRIES

SYRIA CONFLICT: TRUCE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE – OBAMA CRIES

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SYRIA CONFLICT: TRUCE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE – OBAMA CRIES

– Government air strikes have reportedly left 18 dead in Aleppo, Syria.

– America’s President Obama and the United Nations have revealed how the fragile truce in the warring nation may be in collapse

 

SYRIA CONFLICT: TRUCE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE – OBAMA CRIES
Barack Obama

SYRIA CONFLICT: TRUCE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE – OBAMA CRIES

Government air strikes in Aleppo have reportedly killed 18 people in Syria.

President Obama and United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura have said they fear the fragile truce in Syria is collapsing.

In the most recent violence, 18 people were reported to have lost their lives in government air strikes in Aleppo and a Syrian warplane was said to have crashed close to Damascus.

Speaking in Geneva, Mr de Mistura said he wanted to call a regional summit to prevent peace talks failing.

He said he consideration that 400,000 people might now have died in the conflict.

The UN diplomat said he had “no proof” for the number but said he feared it was not more than.

He said the air strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo showed there were some “very worrisome trends on the ground” and said “urgent efforts” were needed to get the cessation of hostilities “back on track”.

Barack Obama has also revealed how disturbed he is about the recent development in Syria.

Speaking during a visit to the UK, Mr Obama said he was “deeply concerned” about whether the truce was “sustainable”.

Talks in Geneva with the Syrian government and opposition delegations would continue into next week, Mr de Mistura said.

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But he said a ministerial meeting of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) – including the US, Russia, the EU, Iran, Turkey and Arab states – was now required to save the truce.

SYRIA CONFLICT: TRUCE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE – OBAMA CRIES

The main rebel groups say they have set up a joint operations room to launch reprisals

“None of the sides have renounced it, delegitimized it, and it is still in effect. But it is in great trouble if we don’t act quickly,” he said.

The Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva, known as the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), and rebel forces inside Syria have accused the government of repeatedly violating the terms of the truce brokered by the US and Russia.

On Monday, rebels said they had begun new attacks on the army in response to alleged violations.

In Geneva the HNC said the government was “not a serious partner” while the government hit back by accusing the HNC of “sulking”.

Mr Obama said he would try to keep the truce in effect and stressed that even if it collapsed he would work to put it back together.

Seven people were said to have died in clashes in Qamishli

He said that although Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s backers had succeeded in keeping him in power, they also knew they could not defeat the opposition militarily.

“We cannot end the crisis in Syria without political negotiations and without getting all the parties around the table to craft a transition plan,” he said.

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SYRIA CONFLICT: TRUCE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE – OBAMA CRIES