U.N. en­voy fears Syr­ian peace talks in jeop­ardy

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATIONAL & WORLD -

The U.N. en­voy for Syria said Thurs­day that a cease-fire was “largely hold­ing with some ex­cep­tions,” as op­po­si­tion ac­tivists re­ported a mount­ing num­ber of govern­ment airstrikes, in­clud­ing a raid in the north­ern Aleppo prov­ince that killed at least six civil­ians.

Speak­ing to re­porters in Geneva, Staffan de Mis­tura said he was con­cerned that fight­ing north­west of Da­m­as­cus that has cut off the cap­i­tal’s clean wa­ter sup­ply would fur­ther es­ca­late and de­rail pro­posed ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the govern­ment and the op­po­si­tion in As­tana, Kaza­khstan, later this month.

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