BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Nineteen-months into the conflict, a rare chance has come for Syria to stop all violence and begin political dialogue to put the unrest-stricken Middle East country back on track.
U.N.-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said both the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and most of the opposition groups have agreed to his proposal for a Muslim holiday ceasefire.
If all goes well, the ceasefire will be announced on Thursday, giving a few days of peace to the war-torn country at least during the Islamic holiday Eid al-Adha.
Syria watchers hope the brief truce between Assad's government and various rebel groups will be the first step toward a possible sustainable cessation of all violence in the country.
A clear-cut pledge for peace from both sides in Syria has so far seemed impossible given struggling efforts by former peace envoy Kofi Annan to persuade Assad as well as the oppositions to halt violence immediately.
Rebel groups complain that any ceasefire will only be followed by new rounds of military attacks from the government, while Assad blames the international community for increasing weaponry support for the oppositions if the government lays down arms.
Deep mistrust between the conflicting sides have led to incessant shelling and bombing in Syria, killing around 30,000 people since the outbreak of the crisis, the United Nations says.
Now that international mediation efforts have somewhat managed to break the deadlock, both Assad and the oppositions should seize the opportunity to stop fighting and come back to the negotiation table.
That is the only way out of the Syrian crisis. The quicker both sides nod to Brahimi's plan for political transition, the lesser the Syrian people will suffer from the outrageous bloodshed, and the easier Syria will get out of its myriad political and economic troubles.
Meanwhile, the international community, particularly those countries backing the Syrian rebels, must stop shipping military support for the oppositions and abandon their interventionist mindset.
Instead of meddling in the affairs of other countries, they should work for peace and respect the wills of the Syrian people, leaving the Syrians themselves to decide the future of their country.
China has always urged for a proper solution to the Syrian crisis. Like many other countries in the world, it hails Brahimi's plan and wishes all sides in Syria show their utmost sincerity and take concrete actions to support the proposal, so as to pave the way for a longer-term ceasefire and an ultimate political dialogue to end the crisis.
CAIRO, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian government accepted a cease-fire during the Eid al-Adha holidays, a proposal put forward by Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League (AL) joint special representative to Syria, AL chief Nabil al-Arabi said on Wednesday during a meeting with Brahimi in Cairo.
"The Syrian authorities will issue a statement on the cease- fire Thursday," Brahimi said.
Brahimi also said that he contacted many fighting groups in Syria, and most of them accepted the cease-fire. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed an initiative for a ceasefire between the Syrian government troops and armed opposition during the Eid al- Adha holidays, and called on "all regional and international actors to use their influence on the parties concerned to facilitate the implementation of the ceasefire and cessation of violence." Full story
DAMASCUS, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday stressed support to the efforts of the UN-Arab League representative Lakhdar Brahimi, adding that his country is open to all sincere efforts to find a political solution to the crisis on the bases of respecting Syria's sovereignty and rejecting foreign intervention, the state-run SANA news agency reported.
Assad made the remarks after his meeting with Brahimi in Damascus, saying that any initiative or political process should be essentially based on halting terrorism and the commitment of the countries allegedly involved in providing funds to the rebel groups. Full story
DAMASCUS, Oct.20 (Xinhua) -- A number of leading Syrian opposition figures at home welcomed on Saturday the cease-fire proposal put forward by the UN-Arab League (AL) joint envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who has recently called for a halt of fighting in Syria during the upcoming four-day Muslims holiday of Eid al-Adha.Full story