Syrian opponents consider ceasefire proposal

  • The Syrian government has hinted it may be interested in exploring a temporary ceasefire proposed by the United Nations and Arab League envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi.

    According to spokesman Jihad al-Makdisi, the government is open to any initiative to end the crisis, adding that both sides would need to be involved.

    Meanwhile, the opposition said they would match any government ceasefire.

    Brahimi is seeking a truce over the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, which starts on 25 October.

    A ceasefire negotiated by his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in April failed to materialize and was followed by an escalation in the conflict.

    Human rights activists estimate more than 30,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.