(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The last time Syria attempted a ceasefire was back in April and it was only hours before both sides were fighting again.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the special United Nations and Arab League envoy, is working hard on a plan to create a four-day armistice that would begin this Friday during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
Despite Brahimi’s efforts, there’s still no word on whether it will happen even after he met Sunday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Earlier, the career diplomat held talks with Syria’s foreign minister as well as opposition forces who’ve been targeted by the president’s military over the past 19 months.
It’s estimated that over 30,000 people have been killed since March 2011, but the actual figure could be substantially higher since there is no way for outsiders to verify the real death toll.
Al-Assad has resisted agreeing to a ceasefire as he previously said his mission is to completely crush those opposed to his regime.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN