De Mistura to meet Syrian rebel leaders over “freeze-zone” plan


Steffan de Mistura. File photo

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – On Sunday, the spokesman of the United Nation’s special envoy to Syria said that a meeting will be held soon between rebel leaders and Steffan de Mistura in Turkey to negotiate possible cease-fire in the city of Aleppo. 

De Mistura, the U.N. envoy, is expected to meet rebel leaders from Aleppo in the city of Gaziantep, in southern Turkey.  

The U.S. envoy to Syria has been pushing efforts for ceasefires in war-torn areas in Syria, and Aleppo is considered as a starting-point for de Mistura’s initiative. 

This initiative is meant to form a basis for an extended peace process between the armed opposition and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

“We are ready for a meeting and for dialogue with anyone to discuss the Syrian issue,” rebel leader Sobhi al-Rifai told AFP.  

De Mistura’s plan of creating a “freeze-zone” in Syria’s embattled areas was welcomed by the opposition, and considered by the Assad regime as “worth studying”.  


Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi

Source: ARA News 

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