GENEVA / SYRIA ELIASSON

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The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, said today (25 October) the promised ceasefire in Syria for the Eid festival could improve the political environment in the country and provide leeway for mediation. CH UNTV

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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA ELIASSON
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DATELINE: 25 OCTOBER 2012, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations

25 OCTOBER 2012, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and UN Geneva spokeswoman, Corinne Momal-Vanian arrive in press room
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General: “We hope that they both realize the importance of a pause in the fighting and that by this they can prove that the desire of a solution, a peaceful solution, to the benefit of the Syrian people. The ceasefire has its major significance in the symbolic quieting, silencing of the guns and letting the Syrian people finally have silence around themselves and the possibility to see what the fighting has done. But the most important thing is that it could possibly create an environment in which a political process is possible. This is the moment when then Lakhdar Brahimi could possibly make a move in the political arena.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Eliasson, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General:
“The ceasefire builds on trust that both sides will cease the fighting and that they will realize that this is an obligation, and that the one that breaks against the obligation certainly will be noted.”
7. Med shot, journalists

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The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, said today (25 October) the promised ceasefire in Syria for the Eid festival could improve the political environment in the country and provide leeway for mediation.

Speaking at a press conference at the UN's Geneva office on Thursday, Eliasson said there were no guarantees that the ceasefire would hold. He hoped however that both sides would recognize the importance of a pause in the fighting.

The silencing of the guns, Eliasson said, could possibly create an environment in which a political process is possible. This, the Deputy Secretary-General added, could allow UN and Arab League mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi to "make a move in the political arena."

The UN official stressed the ceasefire “builds on trust that both sides will cease the fighting and that they will realize that this is an obligation, and that the one that breaks against the obligation certainly will be noted.”

Eliasson also appealed to the Security Council to show unity and come up with a formula that can end the violence.
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