Muslim holiday truce plea to Syria
Published 19/10/2012 | 10:02
Turkey's foreign minister has joined an appeal for a ceasefire to stop the bloodshed in Syria during a Muslim holiday.
Ahmet Davutoglu urged both Syrian forces and rebels to end hostilities "at least" during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday which begins on October 26.
He said the two sides should also aim for a truce which lasts beyond the holiday.
The UN envoy to Syria is pushing for a temporary ceasefire. Iran and Iraq have also called for a truce.
Mr Davutoglu said the Syrian government should take the first steps by halting attacks "immediately and without preconditions".
Syria has said it wants a ceasefire but the rebels lack a unified leadership that can agree to it.
Both sides have flouted previous ceasefires after verbally agreeing to them.