Caabu Director emphasizes need for all out effort for ceasefire in Syria

Posted by Caabu on 24 Oct 2012

 

In comments to the Guardian, Caabu Director Chris Doyle, emphasised that the chance for a ceasefire in Syria over the Eid al Adha were slim but crucial. If it did happen, there would have to be substantive action to ensure that it worked. 

 

A ceasefire in Syria, if it happens, must be welcome even for three days to stem the bloodshed and perhaps provide a platform to exit this crisis, says Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding.

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However, this remains distant, as there is no final decision by the regime and it may well be banking on its opponents rejecting a deal, just to gain positive PR for Assad.

If there is a genuine prospect that a ceasefire will hold then the international community must act to shore it up with a much larger monitoring force than in the past, local ceasefire deals and a resolute consensus by Syrian, regional and international actors not to undermine it. 

It should be reinforced by full humanitarian access and release of prisoners. This may be the last chance to preserve what is left of Syria as we know it.