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Syrian opposition group supports Eid al-Adha ceasefire

English.news.cn   2012-10-19 17:38:01            

ISTANBUL, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Syria's major opposition group Syrian National Council (SNC) said here Friday that it supports the ceasefire plan for the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha advocated by UN envoy and Turkey.

"We agree with the Syrian ceasefire plan advocated by both Turkey and UN-Arab League envoy," SNC President Abdelbaset Sieda told Xinhua, adding that the ceasefire plan would be beneficial for the Syrian civilians.

"We support anything that could stop killing the innocent Syrian people. As SNC, we accept the ceasefire plan. We also demand that the Assad regime should put down the arms and stop all kinds of attack on civilians," Sieda said.

Based in Istanbul, SNC is the biggest opposition group against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday called on the Syrian government to enforce a ceasefire during Eid al-Adha next week.

"We call for ceasefire with all sides in Syria who clash against each other," Davutoglu said during a press conference, adding that "We hope the Syrian government moves with this call."

UN-AL special joint envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi is scheduled to arrive in Damascus later this week to broker a brief ceasefire.

The Syrian government guardedly welcomed the proposal, but said any initiative must be respected by both sides.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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