DAMASCUS, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The UN-Arab League joint special representative Lakhdar Brahimi left Syria on Tuesday, after finishing his four-day visit aiming to garner support for his proposal for a cease-fire during the upcoming holiday of Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.
"We hope that the Eid in Syria would be calm if not happy," he said, adding that he will return to Syria after the Eid and "if we find out that this calmness is actually achieved during the Eid and continues, we will try to build on it."
Earlier, Brahimi said Sunday that "if each of the parties takes decision on its own, then there would be a collective decision on the non-use of arms during the Eid."
Brahimi said he had received promises, not commitments, from all opposition groups outside Syria to the idea of ceasefire.
Observers believe that guaranteeing the various armed groups in Syria is almost impossible as foreign elements have been flowing into the country to wage jihad against the government troops.
The Syrian government has repeatedly accused Western powers of supporting the armed groups on ground, especially Turkey and France.
Earlier in the day, Syria's Foreign Ministry unleashed scathing criticism against France, urging the international community to seriously deal with France's support to the armed groups.
Meanwhile, the UN said on Monday it is planning a peacekeeping force for Syria if a proposed ceasefire takes hold in the conflict- torn Middle East country, which has been suffering from a political crisis since March 2011.
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
DAMASCUS, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem met here on Saturday with the visiting UN-Arab League joint special representative Lakhdar Brahimi, during which they discussed the results of Brahimi's regional tour that aimed to garner support for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis. Full story
BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday said it welcomes the statement by leaders of the United Nations and the League of Arab States (AL) which called for a ceasefire in conflict-torn Syria during the upcoming Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon said on Friday that the international community has a moral responsibility to end the ongoing violence in Syria, a UN spokesman told reporters here. Full story