The United Nations-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi announced the Syrian government and some rebel leaders had agreed to a ceasefire during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid.
Announcing the first truce in the 19-month conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 34,000 Brahimi said the truce could be something to build upon:
"The government have agreed to a truce during the Eid al-Adha holiday...The majority of some rebel leaders which we were able to establish contact with have also agreed to a truce if this initiative succeed and hold we will be able to build on dialogue for a longer cease fire"
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