DAMASCUS - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi met Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem in Damascus on Saturday, pressing for a brief ceasefire between President BasharAssad's forces and rebels seeking his overthrow.

Brahimi has called for a ceasefire during next week's Islamic Eid al-Adha to stem the bloodshed in a 19-month-old conflict which activists say has killed at least 30,000 people and claimed the lives of 220 more on Friday.

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There were no immediate details on the talks but Syria has so far given a guarded response to Brahimi's proposal, suggesting it wants guarantees that rebels would reciprocate any move by Assad's forces.

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