UN-Arab League envoy to brief Security Council on Syria: Spokesman

October 24, 2012 9:23 am 

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 24 — The United Nations Arab- League (AL) joint special representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, will brief the UN Security Council on Wednesday on the current situation in Syria, where he held talks with leaders of both Syrian government and armed opposition on a possible ceasefire during the Islamic holiday starting on Friday, a UN spokesman told reporters here Tuesday.

"Tomorrow morning, Mr. Brahimi will brief the Security Council by videoconference in its consultations on Syria," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here.

The Wednesday briefing with the 15-nation Security Council is held after Brahimi, the former Algierian foreign minister, met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on his second Middle East tour since he was appointed to replace Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, in September to engage in good offices on Syria.

During the meeting in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, the president said his country is open to all sincere efforts to find a political solution to the crisis on the basis of respecting Syria's sovereignty and rejecting foreign intervention, the state- run SANA news agency reported.

The President and Brahimi had a "frank and substantive" meeting, Nesirky told reporters here Monday.

When asked about prospects of a ceasefire, Nesirky recalled Brahimi's meeting with President al-Assad and opposition forces, saying that the president "had given a positive reaction to his call for the government to declare a military pause during the Eid ul Adha holiday," which begins on Oct. 26 and lasts four days.

On Tuesday, Brahimi is in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo. (PNA/Xinhua)

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