DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that the UN envoy's proposal to implement a cease-fire in the embattled northern city of Aleppo was "worth studying."
The envoy, Staffan de Mistura, first raised the idea of small-scale, localized and negotiated truces in Syria at the United Nations in
New York late last month. The proposal would involve freezing the fighting in certain areas to allow for humanitarian aid and local steps as part of a push toward a wider peace in Syria's 3 and a half-year civil war that has killed more than 200,000.
His plan drew an immediate backlash from Syrian media outlets considered mouthpieces for the government, which warned that the veteran diplomat was being "hasty" and overstepping his authority.