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Brahimi speaks in Damascus on Sunday (SANA)
Brahimi speaks in Damascus on Sunday (SANA)

Brahimi: Meeting was Responsible & My Only Agenda is Serving the Syrians

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DAMASCUS- After meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday; The International Peace Envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi appealed to both sides in Syria’s conflict to cease fire for the Muslim holiday on Eid al-Adha, this week.

Brahimi held on Sunday a press conference elaborating on his meeting with President al-Assad. He said he had discussed with all sides the possibility of establishing a temporary ceasefire.

The international envoy added that he would visit Syria following the Eid-al-Adha holiday to assess the situation. Brahimi described the meeting as "open and responsible as usual", Syria official media reported Sunday.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that Brahimi said the meeting tackled the issues related to the Syrian situation "with us looking forward to the future which we hope will end up in solving the crisis in Syria and restoring peace and security to it."

"I talked with President al-Assad about halting the fighting during the Eid, and I also talked with all those whom I met inside and outside Syria about this personal initiative which isn't an advanced project or part of the peace process which we seek for this country," the UN envoy told the journalists, according to SANA.

Brahimi pleaded with all Syrians to silence their guns for the occasion of Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim holiday that begins Friday. "If each one took the decision individually then it will become a group decision," said Brahimi during a Sunday news conference in Damascus.

“I appeal to everyone to take a unilateral decision to cease hostilities on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and that this truce be respected from today or tomorrow,” he said, stressing that the ceasefire call was his personal initiative.

“This is a call to every Syrian, on the street, in the village, fighting in the regular army and its opponents, for them to take a unilateral decision to stop hostilities.” Press reports added on Sunday.

Brahimi said he had contacted political opposition leaders inside and outside Syria and armed groups in the country. “We found them to be very favorable” to the idea of a truce, he said, in a cautious note of optimism.

President Bashar al-Assad, in his meeting with Brahimi, said he was “open to all sincere efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis on the basis of a rejection of any foreign interference,” SANA reported.

After his meeting with Brahimi, President al-Assad was quoted by SANA as saying that he was "open to all sincere efforts to resolve the crisis" but that everything was predicated on foreign Western and Arab countries stopping their support for rebels, whom he called "terrorists."

Brahimi also noted that this idea of his had the support of the opposition parties abroad and the officials in the neighboring countries whom he met. He said that being in charge, he hasn't got any other agenda except that of serving the Syrian people, wishing them a blessed Eid.

"I'll come back after the Eid. If there was calm during it, we would build on it, and even it there wasn't, we would work to realize calm," Brahimi pointed out, expressing hope that the door to ease for the Syrian people will open.

Answering a question regarding him having a long-winded plan or a ready paper, Brahimi said "We are working on getting this paper prepared with the various internal and external parties."

He added that the Syrian people expect something more than this days-long armistice and they have the right to this, noting that "What we can promise to do is to work tirelessly to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people."

Asked on whether he had guarantees from the armed groups on commitment to halt fighting; the UN envoy said "this call doesn't require prearranged guarantees as guarantees are promises by the people to halt the fighting. Therefore, they either commit themselves and their conscience to do so, or otherwise if they didn't, then it is the Syrian people who would hold them accountable."

It so far appears unlikely either side of the conflict is willing to commit to such a truce.

Also on Sunday, Brahimi met with the ambassadors of Russia and China—countries that have blocked resolutions for tough actions against Syria at the UN Security Council.

Brahimi has visited several countries with influence in the Syrian conflict over the past week, including Lebanon and Iran, while warning that the violence could spread and set the entire region ablaze.

Syrian regime has repeatedly blamed its neighbor Turkey as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar of supporting the “Armed insurgency that aims to destabilize the country.”
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Tom Kim            10/23/2012 7:55:14 AM
Wow! Americans are very smart. They can change people's brains. From being good neighbors to be enimies. You see! how stupid Turkish, Qataris and Saudi Arabians are. If moslims around the world unite, Americans cannot move.
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