Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (R) meets United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura, in Damascus February 11, 2015, in this picture released by Syria's national news agency SANA. REUTERS/SANA
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The U.N. envoy to Syria will discuss his proposed "freeze" in fighting in the city of Aleppo with Security Council members Tuesday and is still committed to the Geneva formula to ending the war, his spokesperson told The Daily Star.Many factions of the political and military opposition to Assad have questioned de Mistura's initiative, saying that a freeze in hostilities in Aleppo would merely allow regime forces to concentrate their firepower elsewhere in the country.Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, which is close to the Syrian regime, said in an article published Monday that de Mistura would inform the Security Council representatives during the closed-door session that Assad has agreed to the "freeze" plan in Aleppo. The Shamiah Front, an alliance of rebel groups in the Aleppo area, announced a similar stance Sunday, saying that de Mistura's comments demonstrated an "unprecedented bias toward the regime".
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