Kerry's Criticizes Government's Aleppo Offensive, Confronts 'Hard Truths' Over Peace Initiative

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US Secretary of State John Kerry said on September 22 that the Syrian government’s offensive against rebel-held parts of Aleppo on the day was “exactly the kind of regime action that has done so much damage to [the peace process in the country] and to the credibility of the concept of restraint or ceasefire.”

Speaking after a meeting of the Syria Support Group, Kerry reiterated his view that plans agreed in Vienna were the best way forward.

He said a political solution was the only way peace would be reached and admitted disappointment at the failure of an agreed ceasefire this week.

“No one can possibly be satisfied with the events that have unfolded in the last few days,” Kerry said.

He said “significant action” was needed to restore the credibility of the peace process, “achieved through a genuine and sustained reduction in violence and well as an unfettered humanitarian access that is unmistakable to everyone.” Credit: YouTube/U.S. Department of State