France and Spain attempt to rescue Aleppo peace agreement

Scene of Aleppo.

NO sooner was there a reported breakdown in the relationship between America and Russia over the oft ignored ceasefire in Aleppo, Syria than the French and Spanish governments have put their heads together and suggested that the UN Security Council seek a new truce which it would monitor to put end to fighting in Aleppo and which would stop all flights in the area.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Russian response was to say the least lukewarm with their Ambassador to the UN questioning whether the grounding of flights would actually bring peace of any type and saying he couldn’t actually see any point to this new proposal when a mechanism already existed in Geneva for the monitoring of the situation which hadn’t achieved much up to now.

The actual decision to break off talks lies with the Americans and the UN is actively trying to bring them back to the table for direct discussions with Russia but in the meantime, life in Aleppo continues to be hell whilst both sides posture over who to blame for the breakdown  in the peace agreement.

Hospitals continue to be the unfortunate targets for air strikes with only five remaining staffed by 29 doctors according to the BBC.

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