Rebels reject freeze in Aleppo fighting

March 1, 2015 10:07 PM

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BEIRUT: Syrian rebel and opposition forces in Aleppo Sunday rejected U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura’s plan for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern city, dealing a blow to his peace efforts.“We refuse to meet with Mr. Staffan de Mistura if it is not on the basis of a comprehensive solution to Syria’s drama through the exit of [President] Bashar Assad and his chief of staff, and the prosecution of war criminals,” a newly formed Aleppo revolutionary commission said.

The political and military grouping was set up Saturday at a meeting in the Turkish border town of Kilis attended by the president of the National Coalition opposition-in-exile, Khaled Khoja, as well as other opposition figures and Aleppo civil society representatives.

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