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UN calls for cease-fire across Syria

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(AP) -
The U.N. says it's now time to move to a cessation of hostilities in Syria, humanitarian access, and a political solution to the conflict.
   Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told reporters at U.N. headquarters on Thursday that it's time "to go back to basics" following the government-led campaign to retake rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
   Eliasson said Syria and close allies Russia and Iran should return to the political track in order to end the "enormous suffering" and destabilization of the region, with its "huge international impact."
   He said: "I hope everybody leans back and looks at the tragedy, the horrors that have fallen on Aleppo, and then really ask themselves: Isn't this the moment now to go for the full cessation of hostilities and humanitarian access and political transition?"
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