Syrian opposition back Ban Ki-Moon's call for Ramadan truce

Published July 9th, 2013 - 03:22 GMT
NC leader Ahmad Assi Jarba attending a Syrian oppositon meeting in Istanbul (AFP / ANC)
NC leader Ahmad Assi Jarba attending a Syrian oppositon meeting in Istanbul (AFP / ANC)

The new head of the Syrian opposition has backed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's call for a Ramadan truce.

Ahmad Assi Jarba said he hoped that all parties would adhere to a ceasefire for the duration of the holy month.

"We certainly welcome this call," he said in a statement following a meeting in Ankara.

"We had asked for a ceasefire on the first day of Ramadan because of the current situation in Homs," he said, but added that maintaining the truce was only possible if "Syria's allies exerted pressure on the regime" of President Bashar al-Assad.

Ban on Monday called on all parties in Syria to "to stop fighting and offer this month of peace as a collective present to their people".

 


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