Syrian government willing to stop bombing, says UN envoy

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A damaged building in Aleppo City, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell (file)

The Syrian government has indicated its willingness to halt all aerial bombing and artillery shelling for a period of six weeks in the city of Aleppo.

That's what the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura has told reporters in New York.

Syria continues to be embroiled in the conflict which started as pro-democracy protests in 2011.

Stephanie Castro reports.

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura briefed the Council on the intensification of military activities in and around Aleppo.

He said the bombardments were a stark reminder of the urgency of sparing the civilian population from the effects of aerial bombing and heavy weapons.

Mr de Mistura said the Syrian government, which has aerial and artillery capacities should participate in any solution to the reduction of violence on the civilian population.

He told reporters late on Tuesday that he has requested the government of Syria to facilitate a UN mission to identify one district inside Aleppo in order to use it as an example of what could benefit the population if a localised ceasefire or "freeze" was introduced.

"Government of Syria has indicated to me its willingness to halt all aerial bombing, all aerial bombing, all sorts, all types of aerial bombing and to artillery shelling for a period of six weeks all over the city of Aleppo from a date that we will be announcing in Damascus." (26")

Mr. de Mistura said he plans to go to Damascus and hopefully to Aleppo as soon as possible.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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