Staffan de Mistura
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On Thursday, the United Nations’ peace envoy, Staffan de Mistura, proposed to set up what he called “freeze zones” in Syria.
According to de Mistura, such zones would suspend fighting in some areas and allow humanitarian aid to be delivered.
De Mistura told reporters after meeting with the U.N. Security Council that he did not have a peace plan but rather “an action plan” to ease the suffering from the more than three-year war in Syria.
The envoy said the divided city of Aleppo would be a “good candidate” to become a freeze zone, which he did not describe in detail.
“It should be something that freezes the conflict in that area and gives an opportunity for some type of humanitarian improvement and for the people to feel that, at least there, there will not be this type of conflict,” he said.
Aleppo has been divided since a rebel offensive in summer 2012 between government-controlled sectors on its west side and rebel territory on the east.
De Mistura was reporting to the 15-member council after making key visits to Russia and Iran, two countries that have influence with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.