October 25, 2012
Will the Syrian cease fire hold?
The UN Security Council has voted to endorse the idea of a truce in Syria beginning Friday, the first day of an important Islamic holiday. The Syrian government has agreed to it but most rebel factions haven't indicated they will stop fighting. Fox News: The deputy head of the United Nations warned Thursday that there are no guarantees that a proposed Syrian cease-fire will hold, but urged Syrian rebels and the regime in Damascus to observe it. The 15-nation U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed the idea of a four-day cease-fire proposed by the U.N. secretary-general with the aim of setting up talks on ending the country's 19-month-old conflict. The truce is set to start Friday, during the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha. A day before the proposed truce, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said, "We all have our eyes on the tragedy in Syria, and we pin our hopes now on the cease-fire that hopefully can take place." Eliasson, a former Swedish foreign minister, urged both...(Read Full Post)