by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
A special United Nations convoy arrived in the Syrian capital of Damascus two days ago in order to tour U.N. camps and present a proposal for a potential ceasefire in the volatile Aleppo Governorate. The contingency was presented to the Syrian President, Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, and to members of the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command during the first scheduled meeting between the Syrian Government and the U.N. delegates. The Syrian President and members of the Central Command agreed to take this ceasefire plan under consideration; however, no information was revealed by the Syrian Government that would outline the details of the proposal.
Sources close to Al-Masdar News have revealed portions of the proposal presented to Dr. Bashar Al-Assad, including specific areas that would be affected by this contingency. The source stated the proposal outlined a deal involving the Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) and the SAA to adhere to a ceasefire inside the city of Aleppo; specifically, in the Hanano, Bani Zaid, Salahaddeen, Al-Ramouseh, Handarat, Sheikh Sa’eed, and Al-Layramoun Districts. The only area that was not mentioned in the proposal was the YPG-controlled Sheikh Miskeen District; it is likely due to the lack of hostilities in this area.
Similar to the ceasefire agreement in the Old Homs Quarter, the SAA will allow for the militants to leave the city of Aleppo without any violent confrontation and to provide them transportation. The militants from the Islamic Front will be required to give-up their weapons before they are mass transported to areas on the Turkish border with Aleppo. Upon their absence from the city of Aleppo, the SAA will have to allow U.N. groups inside the war-torn areas, while the former is allowed to reestablish checkpoints inside the once militant-controlled districts in the city.
The source stated that there has been no formal acceptance for this proposal by the Syrian Government or the militant groups, but there is a willingness to ease the violence in the former economic capital of Syria.