The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Brahimi unsure whether Syria ceasefire would hold


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Wednesday called on the Syrian government and rebels to embrace a ceasefire brokered by special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi even though he was not sure it would hold.

The 15-nation council issued a statement backing the ceasefire after Mr Brahimi outlined how the conflict is worsening but added that President Bashar al-Assad had accepted his proposal.

The council urged major powers and countries around Syria to "use their influence" on the rival sides to push for the halt to hostilities during the four day Eid al-Adha holiday starting on Friday.

It called on all sides, in particular on the Syrian government "as the stronger party", to agree to the initiative of the UN-Arab League envoy.