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Turkey- UN urges US Russia action to save Syrian ceasefire

(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) >The UN envoy on Syria Thursdayappealed for a U.S. and Russian initiative “at the highest level” to end the Syria crisis saying the truce “is in great danger” and “could collapse any time”as continued violence is “killing one Syrian every 25 minutes”.

Speaking at the UN Office Geneva at a press conference at the end of the latest round of Syria peace talks UNSpecial Envoy for SyriaStaffan de Mistura said: "We cannot ignore the fact that during the talks we have been having incidents... At least a fewhoursago we had an airstrike on a hospital in Aleppo".

"In the last 48 hours there was an average of one Syrian killed every 25 minutes and one Syrian wounded every 13 minutes" he noted.

"We will have at least one or two more rounds before July" he added."My plan is to relaunch the next round of talks during the course of May."

The next round of Syria peace talks is planned to start next month but de Mistura gave no specific date.

"It [the cessation of hostilities] is still in great danger... and the perception is that it could collapse any time" he warned.

Appealing for a US and Russian initiative at the highest level to end the Syria crisis de Mistura said "The next round of talks is going to take place...theywould be meaningful only if and when the cessation of hostilities is brought back to the level we saw in February and March...My appeal is for a U.S. and Russian urgent initiative at the highest level."

De Mistura also called for a newInternational Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting at the ministerial levelfrom major and regional powers to sustain a troubled cessation of hostilities the political transition process and humanitarian efforts.

The ISSGwhich includes the U.S. Russia the EU Turkey Iran and Arab states should urgently meet to ease the recent tensions on Syria de Mistura said.

"The transitional government should include members of the present government opposition independents and others" he also said.

On Friday de Mistura estimated that the death toll of the five-year conflict in Syria was 400000 although the UN has officially kept the figure at 250000 for months due to difficulties in counting the dead.

The UN envoyadded that he has no evidence of direct talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition.

The opposition delegation had unilaterally postponed indirect talks with regime delegates last week before the talks ended on Wednesday. Key Syrian opposition delegation members left Geneva following the postponement.

The delegation head of the Bashar al-Assad regime said last week that the peace talks in Geneva would continue despite the Syrian opposition’s decision to pull out of the current round.

The latest round of talks to resolve the Syria conflict began last Wednesday. The regime delegation joined the talks Friday following parliamentary elections in Syria.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests. Since then more than 250000 people have been killed according to UN figures released months ago.

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