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Syria Opposition Chief Doubts Truce Can Take Hold

Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 05:39 AM

BEIRUT — The leader of the main Syrian opposition group says chances are slim that a U.N.-proposed truce for a Muslim holiday this week can take hold in Syria, partly because the plan is too vague.

The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has proposed that both sides lay down their arms during Eid al-Adha, a four day holiday that begins Friday.

However, neither Syrian President Bashar Assad nor rebels fighting to topple him have committed to a truce.

Abdelbaset Sieda, head the opposition Syrian National Council, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that rebel fighters are willing to halt fighting during the holiday, but will respond if attacked.

Sieda says he doubts the regime will honor the cease-fire and that Brahimi doesn't have "any mechanism to observe the situation."

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The leader of the main Syrian opposition group says chances are slim that a U.N.-proposed truce for a Muslim holiday this week can take hold in Syria, partly because the plan is too vague.
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