Foreign ministers from the United States, Russia and other major and regional powers are meeting in New York to explore ways to revive a Syrian ceasefire shattered Monday night by a strike on a humanitarian aid convoy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Foreign ministers from the United States, Russia and other major and regional powers met on Tuesday to explore ways to revive a Syrian ceasefire shattered by a strike on a humanitarian aid convoy, with one asking if matters were already hopeless. The United Nations suspended all aid shipments into Syria after Monday's deadly attack on a convoy carrying humanitarian supplies to a town near Aleppo, as a week-old U.S.-Russian sponsored ceasefire collapsed in renewed violence. The Syrian Red Crescent said the head of one of its local offices and "around 20 civilians" were killed. Russia, which is allied to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, denied that either its air force or that of the Syrian armed forces was responsible. The Syrian army also denied blame. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier struck a decidedly pessimistic note about the chances of halting violence in the Syrian civil war, now in its sixth year, as he arrived for the meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. "We will have to reflect if there are ways back to negotiations on a truce, or if this has already become hopeless," Steinmeier told reporters before the meeting of the International Syria Support Group in a New York luxury hotel.