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Damascus rejects idea of Ramadan ceasefire

Syrian ambassador tells UN his country needs a full, not partial end to the violence

A Syrian standing in the rubble of destroyed buildings from Syrian forces shelling, Syria, Thursday, June 27, 2013. (photo credit:AP/Lens Young Homsi)
A Syrian standing in the rubble of destroyed buildings from Syrian forces shelling, Syria, Thursday, June 27, 2013. (photo credit:AP/Lens Young Homsi)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria is rejecting the idea of a ceasefire with the rebel opposition during the holy month of Ramadan, which is due to begin Tuesday.

Syria’s UN ambassador says “We need a full end of violence, not a partial one.”

Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said Monday that the Syrian rebels would have to be fully engaged in the peace talks and commit to a US-Russian sponsored round of talks in Geneva.

He was responding to a report in The Independent newspaper quoting the new head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, as offering a Ramadan cease-fire.

The Syrian National Coalition said recently it will not attend the Geneva talks unless they are about President Bashar Assad handing over power.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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