UN envoy urges Syria cease-fire for Muslim holiday
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UN envoy urges Syria cease-fire for Muslim holiday

Appeal for Eid al-Adha halt to fighting unlikely to resonate

UN peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, left, talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday, October 14, 2012. An unidentified interpreter sits at center (photo credit: AP/ISNA, Amir Pourmand)
UN peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, left, talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday, October 14, 2012. An unidentified interpreter sits at center (photo credit: AP/ISNA, Amir Pourmand)

BEIRUT  — The UN peace envoy to Syria called on Iran Monday to help achieve a cease-fire in Syria during an upcoming Muslim holiday, which starts next week.

Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday that the civil war in Syria is worsening. He stressed the urgent need to stop the bloodshed.

On Monday, a meeting of EU foreign ministers is expected to enact a new round of sanctions on both Syria and Iran. AFP reported that the sanctions will enact a travel ban and asset freeze for 28 Syrian individuals and two companies, as well as increased restrictions on Iranian imports.

Brahimi’s remarks came at the end of his visit to Iran where he met Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a major backer of Syria’s Bashar Assad.

Brahimi is touring the region for talks on ways to resolve the Syrian crisis.

His appeal for a cease-fire for Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, is unlikely to resonate in Syria where activists say more than 32,000 people have been killed in the past 19 months.

Previous calls for a cease-fire have largely been ignored.

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