Foreign Minister Westerwelle on Syria
Commenting on the announcements made by the Syrian Armed Forces as well as by the Free Syrian Army to adhere to a ceasefire for the duration of Eid Al-Adha as proposed by the Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, Foreign Minister Westerwelle said:
"The announcements made by both sides to adhere to a ceasefire over the course of Eid al-Adha provides for a small glimmer of hope for the suffering people in Syria and for a success of Mr Brahimi.
Now it is crucial that deeds follow words and that the ceasefire will be fully implemented as of Friday morning.
Only if this is successful, it could turn out to be a first step to prevent a further slide into civil war and violence and to allow for a new political beginning to be reached."