UN: Syria, Rebels Agree to 4-Day Eid Truce

There will be a truce for the upcoming Muslim holiday
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2012 6:38 AM CDT
Updated Oct 24, 2012 8:00 AM CDT
UN: Syria, Rebels Agree to 4-Day Eid Truce
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, greets U.N. and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi prior to their closed-door meeting in Damascus.   (Uncredited)

Bashar al-Assad's regime and Syrian rebels have agreed to a temporary truce that coincides with the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday, a UN mediator tells Reuters. Lakhdar Brahimi said that various rebel groups had agreed to the ceasefire "in principle," but CNN notes that Assad's side says the deal is "still under study" and that a "final decision will be issued tomorrow in this regard." Brahimi hopes that "we can build on it in order to discuss a longer and more effective ceasefire and this has to be part of a comprehensive political process." (Read more Syrian uprising stories.)

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