Germany: There is "no return" to peace talks without Aleppo truce

Germany and France insist on an immediate ceasefire in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where heavy fighting has raged in recent days.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says that without the truce there will be "no return" to the peace talks in Geneva between representatives of the Syrian regime and the opposition.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who held talks with his German counterpart outside of Berlin, warned that "everything will collapse" if an agreement over Aleppo isn't soon reached.

The Syrian government had excluded Aleppo from a temporary ceasefire that started Saturday in the capital Damascus, nearby Eastern Ghouta and the coastal area of Latakia.

Last update: Wed, 04/05/2016 - 21:13

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