This draft statement was proposed by Russia in the Security Council, diplomats said. It is under silence procedure until 3 pm today, Monday, 22 October 2012.
Security Council Draft Press Statement on Ceasefire in Syria
The members of the Security Council welcomed the important and timely initiative of the Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, for a ceasefire and a cessation of violence in all its forms during the period of Eid Al Adha, and echoed the joint appeal of the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the League of Arab States to all regional and international actors to support it.
The Council members call on the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and on all opposition groups to respond positively to the initiative of the Joint Special Representative as a first step towards the sustainable cessation of hostilities and the launch of a political process leading to a democratic change in Syria in the interests of all its citizens.
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