US backs call for Eid truce in Syria

2012-10-20 18:03

Washington - The United States on Friday backed a call by the United Nations, the Arab League and their special envoy to Syria for a ceasefire by both sides in the conflict over this month's Eid al-Adha holiday.

"The United States supports the secretary general of the United Nations and the secretary general of the League of Arab States in calling on all parties in Syria to cease all violence during Eid al-Adha," the state department said.

"We urge the Syrian government to stop all military operations and call on opposition forces to follow suit," it said in a statement.

Washington for months has demanded an end to the bloody conflict in Syria and said that Syrian President Bashar Assad should go.

The Eid al-Adha festival, which coincides with the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the holiest periods on the Muslim calendar. It begins on 26 October 26.

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi arrived in Damascus on Friday as he bids to secure a ceasefire in the conflict, which erupted in March 2011.

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pleaded with combatants to heed Brahimi's call "for a ceasefire and a cessation of all violence in all its forms during the period of the Eid al-Adha."

They called on "all regional and international actors to support this appeal."

Such a truce should last a long time, they said, as it "could create the space to allow a peaceful political process that realizes the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people for democracy, equality and justice."

The US state department said the government in Damascus "should also permit full and immediate humanitarian access to districts that have been under siege and allow vital supplies to reach people in need".

  • Neal Sing - 2012-10-20 19:53

    if only they could have eid the whole year round--imagine how peaceful our world would become

  • moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-20 20:50

    The religion of peace knows no peace, even on their very holy days. It's a religion of blood war murder death and destruction... I'm not being racist! Just go watch any news channel. I might pay with my life for saying the truth. Mohamed would go crazy if he saw how his faithful are behaving yet alone killing each other.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-20 21:31

    "We urge the Syrian government to stop all military operations and call on opposition forces to follow suit," it said in a statement. That sequence is important and logical.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 07:27

    The Syrian Government has in the past made very reasonable requests that the opposition agree in writing to ceasefire terms. If only because the opposition is very fractured and any statement by one faction will likely not be observed by any other factions.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-21 09:47

      . NO, Wrong again!!! The Syrian population wants NOTHING to do, any longer , with these murderous assads. These assads have NO say in the future of Syria; NOTHING WHATSOEVER!! They MUST get out; Dead or Alive !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 10:28

      Rhetoric again...Still, can't be having any sort of knowledgeable discourse or rational debate here. Away with you!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-21 11:15

      . These so called 'foreign terrorist groups, BESIDES, Hezbollah and the Russian terrorists, are ONLY fantasies in your violent loony mind !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 21:46

      More rhetoric....

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