Syrian violence: UN calls U.S, Russia to intervene

Syrian violence: UN calls U.S, Russia to intervene

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ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Residents rescue a man after what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo's Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood, February 8, 2014. REUTERS/Yaman Al Halabi (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) TEMPLATE OUT NYTCREDIT: Yaman Al Halabi/Reuters
Syrian violence: UN calls U.S, Russia to intervene
Crisis in Syria

Syrian violence: UN calls U.S, Russia to intervene

The crisis in Syria has terribly declined. The recent sociopolitical troubles of the Syria has generated a lot of attentions especially from the United States of America.

Despite the recent ceasefire in the crisis- rocked country, Syria has still not maintained stability in its affairs as violence within has further intensified.

On Wednesday, UN diplomat has implored both U.S and Russia to step into the matter.

The UN envoy to Syria has urged the US and Russia to urgently intervene “at the highest level” to rescue talks.

At least 20 civilians were reportedly killed on Wednesday in government strikes on a hospital and nearby residential building in eastern Aleppo.

Syrian violence: UN calls U.S, Russia to intervene

Speaking after briefing the UN Security Council on the faltering peace process, Staffan de Mistura said that a truce agreed in February was “barely alive“.

Civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, told French news agency AFP that the dead included children and the only paediatrician left in rebel-held areas of the city.

The strikes in Aleppo destroyed a field hospital and nearby residential building, reports said.

Calling on the US and Russia to cooperate, Mr de Mistura said that the legacies of both President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin were linked to the success of the peace process in Syria.

Mr de Mistura said that the fragile “cessation of hostilities” established in February had been “saved from total collapse” but “could collapse any time”.

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He said that over the past 48 hours an average of one Syrian had been killed every 25 minutes and one wounded every 13 minutes.

In order for the peace talks to succeed, Mr de Mistura said, hostilities would need to be again reduced to the levels seen immediately following the February truce agreement.

Asked whether the role of President Bashar al-Assad in a transition government was discussed in the most recent round of talks, Mr de Mistura said the parties “didn’t get into names of people, who is doing what, but about how to change the current governance”.

 

There will be one or two more rounds of talks before July, Mr de Mistura said. He said that the latest round had been “overshadowed by a substantial and worrisome deterioration of hostilities.

“We cannot ignore that and we have not ignored it,” he said.

He added: “There are still major differences on the major issues, but there is movement on certain areas where there was not before.”

Syrian violence: UN calls U.S, Russia to intervene