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Peace envoy: Syria agrees to Eid ceasefire

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7:00 EDT
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A Syrian man walks on the rubble of destroyed buildings following air strikes by Syrian regime forces in the northwestern town of Maarat al-Numan on Oct. 20. File photo via AFP.
 
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The Syrian government has agreed to a ceasefire during the four-day Muslim Eid holiday starting this week, international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said in Cairo on Wednesday.

Many rebel leaders he contacted had also agreed to a truce during the holiday, which begins on Friday, he told reporters in Cairo after meeting Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

The Syrian government would officially announce its acceptance by Thursday, he added.

“The Syrian government has agreed to a ceasefire during the days of Eid,” Brahimi said.

He added that “most” rebel leaders contacted said they would observe a truce, but did not specify if this included commanders of the main rebel group, the Free Syrian Army.

“If we succeed with this modest initiative, a longer ceasefire can be built on it, and the launch of a political process,” Brahimi said.

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