Syria agrees to Eid ceasefire

2012-10-24 13:01

Cairo - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday the Syrian government has agreed to a ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and that Damascus would announce the decision shortly.

The holiday starts on Thursday and lasts three or four days. Brahimi, a mediator appointed by the United Nations and Arab League, said some Syrian opposition groups he had been in contact with had also agreed to a truce in principle.

"After the visit I made to Damascus, there is agreement from the Syrian government for a ceasefire during the Eid," Brahimi told a news conference at the Cairo-based League.

He did not give a precise time period for the ceasefire but said Damascus would announce its agreement on Wednesday or Thursday. "Other factions in Syria that we were able to contact, heads of fighting groups, most of them also agree on the principle of the ceasefire," he added.

President Bashar Assad is fighting an insurgency that grew out of street protests 19 months ago and has escalated into a civil war in which 30 000 people have been killed.

His overstretched army has lost swathes of territory and relies on air power to keep rebels at bay.

"If this humble initiative succeeds, we hope that we can build on it in order to discuss a longer and more effective ceasefire and this has to be part of a comprehensive political process," Brahimi said.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-24 14:02

    Stupid idea !! This assad MASS MURDERER, wiil use this time, for some much needed re organizing his troops, and restocking his soldiers with all kinds off russian hardware, This psychopath, has only one goal :: To stay in power, AT WHATEVER COST!!!

      jobe.mkhatywa - 2012-10-24 16:12

      @anthony you still have to answer you and your friend fred if there was any weapons of mass distruction found in Iraq

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-24 17:26

      Jobe,, WHY ??

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-24 14:28

    I think this is a small step forward to end this terrible devastating conflict.Lets hope,from this, some sanity will prevail and a more lasting agreement will be the result.God willing may the suffering of Syrian children,women and young men come to an end!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-24 15:16

      So the old men don't suffer?

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-24 17:06

      stirrer.stirrer Was wondering how long it would take for someone to notice that I omitted old men..:-)

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-10-24 18:23

    lets be honest, a cease fire would not benefit the rebels, so if its broken it will be one of the rebel factions that brake it

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 19:06

      The cynic in me suspects that the ceasefire won't hold; the west will be doing its best (with its friends in the that bastion of democracy, Saudi Arabia) to make sure it doesn't.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 19:10

    "said some Syrian opposition groups he had been in contact with had also agreed to a truce in principle." The opposition should agree in writing to the ceasefire terms. If only because it is very fractured and any statement by one faction will likely not be observed by any other factions. A written consensus would be a very good start!

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-24 20:39

    A bad peace is better than a good war. War only brings misery! If you want peace, you negotiate with your enemy, no matter how bad they are..

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-25 04:17

      . Although you have now told us this 100 times, This is absolute rubbish what you say. ANY kind of 'peace' to this assad terrorist, means; Him, the boss, the dictator, with absolute power, and ANYONE, in his way; KILLED. A continuation of FIFTY YEARS, "peace" and TYRANNY NOW, the Syrian population says NO to this kind of 'peace'

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-25 07:24

      Who, really, are the Syrian people? The +-30,000 allegedly killed so far plus the +-250,000 who have fled to Turkey? Who, then, are the +-21,720,000 people who don't fight or have not fled? Are they Martians disguised as Syrians? And why do millions of Syrians choose not to join the "Syrian people?"

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