NEW YORK the heads of the Arab League and the United Nations issued a joint call to Syria the warring parties on Friday, urging them to observe a ceasefire over the three-day Eid al Adha holiday, starting on 26 October.
Nabil al Arabi and Ban Ki-moon pleaded with those fighting "to listen to the call of the special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who arrived in Damascus on Friday, of a ceasefire and a cessation of all violence in all its forms during the period of the Eid al-Adha." It calls on "all regional and international actors to support this appeal." Such a truce must last a long time, they said, such as ' could make the space so that a peaceful political process that the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people for democracy, equality and justice realizes '. The Eid al Adha festival, which coincides with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the holiest periods in the Islamic calendar.
Ban and Arabi said they "urge everyone, especially the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic as the stronger party, wisdom and vision and stop killing and destruction so that all issues, however complex, can be tackled by peaceful means." Brahimi will Syrian officials meet in the next few days in an attempt to a brief armistice in the worsening war between Government and rebels forces of President Bashar al Assad.