Churkin: Permanent ceasefire in Aleppo is possible if Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists are taken out

Moscow, SANA – Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said that permanent ceasefire in the city of Aleppo is possible if Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists are taken out from the eastern parts of the city.

The terrorists in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo make civilians as human shields and prevent them from getting out through safe corridors opened by the Syrian government, as they also hinder the access of the humanitarian aid to those in need for them.

RT Website quoted Churkin as saying in a press conference held in New York that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists rejected a proposal presented by the UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura on giving those guarantees to get out from the eastern neighborhoods, adding that they rejected all proposals offered.

Churkin’s statements came in comment on the statement of US Secretary of State Spokesman Mark Toner, who said that an eight-hour pause of attacks in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo “would be a good thing,” but “it’s a bit too little, too late.”

Russian Defense Ministry announced that a humanitarian pause in Aleppo is scheduled from 08:00 a.m. (05:00 GMT)till 04:00 p.m. on Thursday.
The United Nations said it thinks a 48-hour pause is needed to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to numerous individuals in need in Aleppo.

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