Arab League- Hopes of a truce being implemented in war-torn Syria during this week's Muslim Eid holidays are "slim", the Arab League says.
Speaking on the sidelines of the World Energy Forum in Dubai, Arab League deputy Secretary General Ahmed Ben Helli told AFP on Monday that there was little chance of such a truce coming into effect.
"Unfortunately, hope for implementing the truce during Eid al-Adha is slim so far," Ben Helli said on the sidelines of the World Energy Forum in Dubai.
"The signs, both on the ground and by the government ... do not point to the presence of any real will" to implement a ceasefire, he added.
Ben Hilli told Reuters: "Until now the hope is weak ...”
"The indications that are now apparent and the government's reaction ... do not show any signs of a real desire to implement this ceasefire," he said on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai.
"We are days away from Eid. We hope the situation changes and the government and opposition respond even a little bit to this door for negotiations." Ben Helli added.
UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi had on Sunday indicated a favorable response to his appeal to both sides of the Syrian conflict to observe a truce during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins on Friday.
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 Damascus on Sunday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Brahimi the key to any political solution was to stop the arming of the rebels.
Brahimi has visited several countries with influence in the Syrian conflict over the past week, including Lebanon and Iran, warning that the violence could spread and set the entire region ablaze.
All international efforts to stop the Syrian conflict have so far failed. Now in the 19th month of civil war, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates the current death toll at more than 30,000 lives.