22 Oct 2012

No answer from Syria over ceasefire for Eid

9:56 am on 22 October 2012

President Bashar al-Assad says he is open to any sincere solutions to the crisis in his country as long as Syrian sovereignty is respected.

After meeting UN / Arab league envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Sunday, Mr Assad again refused foreign intervention.

He gave no answer on whether he would back a ceasefire for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which starts on Friday.

"We hope this Eid in Syria will be calm, even if it is not a happy Eid," said Mr Brahimi.