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US urges Russia to get Syria to end violence


The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is urging Russia and other countries with influence to get the Syrian government to honor the cease-fire, warning that the current escalation of violence could threaten this week's peace talks in Geneva.

Samantha Power told reporters after U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura briefed the Security Council on Tuesday that the United States is "very alarmed" at Syria's announcement of an offensive around Aleppo which would hurt prospects to end the five-year Syrian conflict.

Power criticized Syria for allowing only two humanitarian convoys in April and no access to the besieged town of Daraya where "there are reports of kids walking around looking like skeletons" and people eating grass.

She says "it is a much more delicate environment for de Mistura to convene political talks when you're seeing regressions on humanitarian access and regressions on the cessation of hostilities."

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