Iran backs Syria ceasefire proposal

Lakhdar Brahimi, the international mediator on Syria, has proposed that both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebel fighters seeking his overthrow stop fighting during the Eid al Adha festival, which starts next week.

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Published: Thu 18 Oct 2012, 12:26 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:10 PM

Brahimi has appealed to leaders in Iran - Assad’s strongest regional ally - to support the idea.

Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday he had made the same proposal during talks this week with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, IRNA reported.

“Of course war cannot be a suitable solution and any group that derives power through war and means to continue war has no future,” Ahmadinejad told reporters after an Asian summit in Kuwait, IRNA reported.

“Anyone who is the friend of the Syrian people should try to form the basis for free elections in the country. The ceasefire and negotiations on free elections in my view is the correct road to resolution.”

Turkey, one of Assad’s staunchest opponents, said it also supported the ceasefire proposal.

“The Arab League, Turkey and Iran have declared their support for this proposal,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara, saying he had spoken to his Iranian counterpart on the matter.

Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy, said on Wednesday that Syria’s civil war risks spilling across borders to engulf the Middle East. Thirty-thousand people have been killed in the uprising, which has taken on sectarian overtones.

Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have publicly supported the Syrian rebels while Iran has been the staunchest regional ally of Assad, complicating any consensual approach to defusing Syria’s civil war.

Ahmadinejad said all governments should help to resolve the Syria conflict so that issues are resolved at the negotiating table, rather than in fighting.

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