Brahimi says Syria accepts truce
The Syrian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the final decision on the proposed truce during the Muslim feast of Eid Al-Adha (from 26 to 29 October), will be taken on Thursday. "The leadership of the army reviews the possible cessation of military operations during the feast of Eid Al-Adha, and the final decision will be taken tomorrow Thursday," the statement said.
Shortly before, the international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, who has just completed a visit in Syria, said the Syrian government has accepted the truce offer. Mr. Brahimi, who spoke to reporters in Cairo, said that the leaders of the rebellion he had contacted also accepted his call for a truce. The Syrian government must announce its agreement to a cease-fire in a statement to be issued Thursday, he said.
The international mediator shall speak Wednesday before the Security Council of the UN via videoconference and present the outcome of his 11-day tour in Damascus and other countries in the region.
This proposed truce in Syria, where some 34,000 deaths have been recorded since mid-March 2011, is expected to be consolidated in order to embark a political dialogue to resolve the crisis. Syrian authorities had deemed "successful" the mission Damascus by Brahimi, while the latter spoke about "frank and substantial" discussions with President Bashar al-Assad and stressed the "positive response" to his proposal for a cease fire.