Syrian opposition head offers Assad truce for Ramadan

By REUTERS
July 8, 2013 00:56

 
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ISTANBUL - The new president of the opposition Syrian National Coalition said on Sunday he expected advanced weapons supplied by Saudi Arabia to reach rebel fighters soon and change their military situation, which he described as weak.

Ahmad Jarba, who has close links to Saudi Arabia, told Reuters in the first interview since he was elected president of the coalition on Saturday that the opposition will not go to a proposed US and Russian sponsored peace conference in Geneva unless its military position becomes strong.Jarba offered Assad's forces a truce for the duration of the holy month of Ramadan to stop fighting in the besieged city of Homs, where rebels face a ferocious ground and air onslaught by Hezbollah-backed troops and militia loyal to Assad.

Jarba was speaking in Istanbul where he had been elected president of the Syrian National Coalition at a meeting this weekend.

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