Oct. 19 - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi arrives in Damascus to meet with Syrian officials in the hope of a securing a temporary ceasefire in the civil war. Lily Grimes reports.
As peace envoy to war-worn Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrives in Damascus to try and persuade the warring factions to implement a temporary ceasefire over the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. The festivities start in a week and Brahimi has been criss-crossing the region trying to convince those backing President Bashar al-Assad and those against him to support a truce. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) INTERNATIONAL MEDIATOR TO SYRIA, LAKHDAR BRAHIMI, SAYING: "We will talk about the ceasefire and the Syrian issue in general. It is important to decrease the violence - we will talk with the government and political parties and civil society about the Syrian issue." The U.N.-Arab League envoy is scheduled to meet the Syrian Foreign Minister on Saturday. It is unclear whether he will meet Assad himself. If implemented next week's truce would be self-imposed, with no international observers.