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UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

About 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011UN envoy Staffan De Mistura held talks in the Syrian capital on Saturday to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo. He met Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and agreed to send a delegation from his Damascus office to Aleppo on a fact-finding mission, state news agency SANA said, without giving a date. De Mistura’s visit started as the army and pro-regime fighters regained territory in southern Syria from forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. The Swedish-Italian diplomat “hopes to set in motion as soon as possible his project” to halt fighting in Aleppo for six weeks, said a member of his delegation who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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