U.N. envoy discusses ceasefire, aid with Syrian foreign minister: spokesman

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 16, 2016 6:03 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Syria envoy met Syria's foreign minister on Monday and discussed a cessation of hostilities, a resumption of peace talks this month, and the need for "unhindered" delivery of humanitarian aid to areas besieged by all parties, a U.N. spokesman said.

Staffan de Mistura held talks with Walid al-Moualem in Damascus and was due to meet him again later in the day, spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told a news briefing in Geneva, saying: "We are witnessing a degradation on the ground that cannot wait."

U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville condemned the deadly air strikes on hospitals and schools in northern Syria on Monday, saying: "Clearly Syrian and Russian planes are very active in this area, they should know who is responsible ...

"If it was deliberate, intentional targeting of those facilities, it could amount to a war crime," Colville said.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Kevin Liffey)