Syrian regime rejects UN proposal to grant autonomy to east Aleppo

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura in Damascus. File photo: SANA

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Damascus – The Syrian regime on Sunday rejected a proposal by the United Nations to grant autonomy to the rebel-held eastern part of Aleppo city, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said.

“This was completely rejected. This is a violation of our sovereignty,” the Syrian FM said in a press conference in Damascus after a meeting with the UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura. 

The proposal was aimed at restoring calm to the war-ravaged city of Aleppo, where Syrian and Russian air forces have recently intensified their airstrikes on the rebel-held eastern Aleppo, killing hundreds of civilians and destroying major medical facilities.

“We agreed on the need that terrorists should get out of east Aleppo to end the suffering of the civilians in the city,” al-Moallem said.

The Foreign Minister also stressed that the governmental institutions in Aleppo “must be restored” as soon as rebel groups are expelled from the eastern part of the city. 

“Syria doesn’t accept leaving some 275,000 people in east Aleppo as hostages to 6,000 gunmen,” he said. 

De Mistura, on the other hand, made no remarks after meeting al-Moallem in Damascus. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi | Source: ARA News 

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