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Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by AlYunaniya Staff No Comments

Brahimi calls on Syrians to monitor truce ‘themselves’; airstrike kills children


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The joint UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, currently visiting Jordan, has repeated his call for a truce, urging the Syrians to monitor the proposed ceasefire themselves.

“People are asking me who is going to monitor the ceasefire? My answer to them is no one, I call upon the Syrians to monitor themselves.”

Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Thursday met with UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi to discuss developments in Syria.

They underlined the impact of the Syrian crisis on neighbouring countries, particularly Jordan, which is hosting more than 200,000 Syrian refugees after they fled violence in their country, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

“We are closely following up on Brahimi’s efforts, and without a doubt his task is difficult and delicate as violence and killing are continuing in Syria,” Judeh said in statements after the meeting.

Judeh noted Brahimi’s calls for implementing a truce in Syria during Eid Al Adha.

Lakhdar Brahimi has been touring the region, attempting to gain international support for a temporary ceasefire in Syria during next week’s Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The Algerian diplomat’s visit to Syria for talks with Foreign Minister Walid Muallem on Saturday will be his last stop on a tour of countries that play influential roles in the Syrian crisis – Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, according to Al Jazeera.

The envoy will also meet with President Bashar al-Assad “very, very soon, but not on Saturday,” Brahimi’s spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi, told AFP.

Damascus said it is ready to explore with Brahimi his proposal but wanted assurances that countries with influence on the rebels would pressure them to reciprocate.

Meanwhile, Syrian fighter jets blasted a residential road in northern Syria Thursday, Maraat al Numaan spewing rubble in all directions and killing at least 49 people, including 23 children, in a further escalation of violence in the war-torn country, rescuers said on Thursday according to AFP.

Rescuers said bombs destroyed two residential buildings and a mosque, where many women and children had been taking refuge, in the strategic northwestern town. Among those killed was a nine-month-old baby.

Rebels captured the strategic town on October 9 in a push to create a buffer zone along the Turkish border.



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