he Syrian government has promised to observe a ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, according to Lakhdar Brahimi, the peace envoy representing the United Nations and the Arab League. The three-day holiday starts Thursday. Several of the rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, who reportedly agreed to the brief truce in a meeting with Brahimi, have also reportedly agreed in principle. Brahimi said he hoped it would be a first step toward a longer truce and, ultimately, a political resolution. "If this humble initiative succeeds," he said, "we hope that we can build on it."
Update: Syria says its army is still studying the proposal for a ceasefire, contradicting Brahimi's earlier statements.
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