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article imageSyrian opposition proposes truce to Assad for Ramadan

By Paul Iddon     Jul 7, 2013 in Politics
The new head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed Jarba, has offered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a truce set to last until the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Haaretz and Reuters report that the newly elected president of the Istanbul-based Syrian National Coalition had proposed in the ceasefire to the Syrian President in order to bring about a ceasefire in the fighting in the strategic city of Homs. In Homs at present the rebels are facing down an onslaught of attacks by the Syrian Army allied with Hezbollah who are employing everything from air strikes to ground assaults against the neighbourhoods where there are rebels present.
Mr. Jarba is expecting advanced weaponry from Saudi Arabia to reach the rebel fighters engaged against the Syrian government soon. He says the arrival of such weaponry will change the military situation, which at present is seeing to the rebels losing ground.
He has made clear that the Syrian opposition will not participate in the upcoming talks in Geneva which are being convened by the international community in order to try and figure out how to bring the bloody two-year-old conflict to an end.
Mr. Jarba outlined the oppositions reasoning for not partaking in the talks when he said that, "Geneva in these circumstances is not possible. If we are going to go to Geneva we have to be strong on the ground, unlike the situation now, which is weak. We cannot go to Geneva unless we are strong."
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