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.

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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