Washington, Moscow working to contain violence in Aleppo

uni1462225093GENEVA, Switzerland – Washington and Moscow have said that they are working towards containing the increasing violence in Aleppo, which has been worst hit in the recent weeks.

According to reports, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in Geneva on May 2, said that U.S.’s aim is to establish a partial ceasefire and halt attacks at the Aleppo which has killed hundreds in the last 11 days.

A ceasefire had reduced violence in Syria for the first time in the five-year civil war.

Reports further indicated that temporary local truces were announced in two areas but Aleppo was not included in it.

Government attacks are said to have killed hundreds in Aleppo in the last week, including 50 people at a hospital, which the rebels have said to be deliberate.

According to reports, Kerry said that the conflict in Syria was “in many ways out of control and deeply disturbing.”

He added that the ceasefire had had a profound impact and had saved many lives but has been put to test in the recent weeks.

Kerry also said that ceasefire monitors will track violations “24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

He added, “We’re trying to press this as fast as possible but I don’t want to make any promises that can’t be kept.”

The Aleppo attacks might come in the way of the peace talks between the Syrian government and the rebels which are likely to resume again after they were halted by the opposing party due to violation of ceasefire by the government.

Kerry added, “Both sides, the opposition and the regime, have contributed to this chaos, and we are working over the next hours intensely in order to try to restore the cessation of hostilities.”

Kerry also spoke to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over the phone both sides have called for cessation of hostilities. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.