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Brahimi in ceasefire talks with Assad

10-22-2012 01:07 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. It’s part of the UN-Arab League envoy’s attempts to broker a ceasefire for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Assad stated his support for Brahimi’s efforts, but stopped short of fully endorsing a ceasefire.

According to Syria’s state-run SANA news agency, President Assad said his country is open to all sincere efforts to find a political solution to the current conflict.

But he said any deal must respect Syria’s sovereignty, and reject foreign intervention.

The comments came after Assad’s meeting with international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus. Assad said any initiative or political process should be based on halting terrorism, with a firm commitment from countries allegedly involved in funding rebel groups.

Brahimi has been criss-crossing the region in recent days, trying to convince Assad’s main backers and his foes to support a truce during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which starts on Thursday.

He says the countries he’s visited all strongly support the idea.

Lakhdar Brahimi, international mediator, said, "We called some leaders of the peaceful and armed opposition inside and outside the country. We have received a positive response. All the opposition members we met outside the country as well as officials in neighbouring countries say it’s a good idea. They all support and accept it."

Brahimi believes that a ceasefire during Eid al-Adha could lead to further peace efforts.

But he did not outline the level of President Assad’s commitment to the idea.

And there was no clear indication from Assad’s team either, over whether the attempt to broker a truce would succeed.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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