Opposition: Syria truce faces first major test tomorrow

By REUTERS
April 12, 2012 13:46




BEIRUT - Syrian protests after weekly prayers on Friday will be the first major test for a UN-backed ceasefire, the head of the main opposition group said on Thursday, adding that the truce remains fragile as long as the army is deployed in urban areas.

"The Syrian people will go out tomorrow and it will be the biggest possible (demonstration) so that the Syrian people can express their will," Burhan Ghalioun told Reuters by telephone.

Ghalioun said the world should be skeptical of Syrian President Bashar Assad's commitment to the ceasefire, which came into effect at dawn on Thursday after weeks of bombardment by Assad's forces against opposition strongholds.


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