U.N. Syria envoy says Islamic State threat may encourage local truces: BBC

November 11, 2014 10:19 AM

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U.N. Syria envoy says Islamic State threat may encourage local truces: BBC

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A common threat posed by Islamic State militants to Syria's warring factions may help push government and rebel forces toward local truces, the United Nations' peace envoy to Syria said in an interview published on Tuesday.

U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura is pushing an initiative to create "incremental freeze zones" to stop localized fighting and improve aid access, starting in the northern city of Aleppo.

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