UN envoy presses for Syria cease-fire

2012-10-20 20:05

Beirut - The international envoy to the Syria conflict has pressed his call for a cease-fire with Syrian officials in Damascus.

Lakhdar Brahimi, who represents the UN and the Arab League, has called for a truce between rebels and government forces during a Muslim holiday that begins next week.

He hopes that four days of quiet for Eid al-Adha will pave the way for a longer-term cease-fire.

Brahimi met Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Saturday and was expected to meet President Bashar Assad on Sunday.

A Syrian foreign ministry statement did not mention the proposed truce but said the two men discussed "objective and rational circumstances to stop by violence any side".

Brahimi made no public comment.

Anti-regime activists say more than 33 000 people have been killed in 19 months of violence.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 07:14

    The Syrian insurgents have always refused to negotiate and rejected all ceasefire proposals. Most people would accept that was because they do not want peace. Any ceasefire will be short-lived, and put at a disadvantage the side which observed it.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-21 07:25

      . NO, wrong again !!! It is only the loonies of the violent left, who believe that te Syrian population does not want peace. But, waht you don't seem to be able to grasp, in your tiny mind, is that NEVER EVER has a dictator negotiated his departure, And THAT is NON NEGOTIABLE by the Syrian people. For FIFTY YEARS, the Syrian people have saked and than demanded from the assads to negotiate and for free and fair elections. First daddy slaughtered 20 000 plus of his opposition, and now his viloent criminal son, does the same. And than there are some living in a crazy fantasy world, that NOW expects the opposition to sit down at the same table as this tyrant. NO, it will not happen !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 07:35

      In war you negotiate with the enemy however bad they are, if you want peace that is! (History is indeed a good teacher) Perhaps the reason why the rebels are refusing to negotiate is because they are just too weak and are looking to buy time for themselves by prolonging the crisis. Don't you get tired of spouting the same rhetoric (50 years, loony left, bastards, dictator, etc)? You must have used your response a thousand times before re the Syrian conflict.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-21 07:53

      . You just don't get it !!! There is NO place for these assad terorists , in a future Syria!! Don't you get tired, after having been wrong about Tunesia, than Egypt, and than sooooooo wrong about Libya, to AGAIN back the wrong side ????? It is the 'PEOPLE AGAINST THE ASSADS' and the PEOPLE will WIN. FOR SURE !!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 08:15

      "There is NO place for these assad terorists , in a future Syria!!" Have you learnt nothing from Iraq or Libya, where the military apparatus was disbanded, ensuring a million pissed off young men with military training and weaponry were unemployed wandering about primed for terror. "Revolutions" lead to chaos and instability when it comes by means of such extreme violence. I do believe that stability and security is more important than the empty rhetoric of 'freedom and democracy' in the short and medium term. I am not going to be supporting the side I believe has the extremist elements in them, the more sectarian side, the side whose victory will lead to decades of lawlessness and chaos in the country that will be a mixture of Iraq and Libya on a worse scale.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-21 09:43

      . Tell this utter BS to the Egyptians and the Lybians!! You have been very clear in many off your comments , that you prefer dictatorships over a system with accountability. The problem is, that not even 5 % of the worlds population agrees with you !!! How do i know this ?? EVERY free and fair election , ANYWHERE, in the world has PROVEN this !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 10:09

      There you go again with your bogus percentages pulled from your @$$. You don't contribute, you just bitch and moan. You're a coward unwilling to push beyond your limitations (rhetoric), and you attempt to bring everyone down to your silly and ignorant level. You like making ad hominem attack because you have no arguments and want to try and stifle debate on issues by being rude and ignorant. Your condescending sneering is all too-predictable!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-21 11:19

      . It is ONLY the DUMB, STUPID AND IGNORANT, who blieve that more than 5 % of this worlds population prefer a dictator over a system with accountability!!! It shows how uneducated and small minded you are. GO AWAY ,AND GO AND PLAY WITH YOUR SILLY BOOKS !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 11:41

      More rhetoric..You are an incorrigible wretch of an idiot, too full of your self esteem, too arrogant, too egoistic and too stupid to even realise what you really are. You have your head stuffed where you are suffocating and cannot tell what is real anymore.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-21 18:50

      . Says, Fidel, our in house pseudo intellectual BULLSH.TTER!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 21:45

      More rhetoric, my mother warned me not to debate with donkeys. Will I ever learn!

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