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Syria's General Command of Army has announced nationwide truce for Eid al-Adha holidays, though warning that it 'reserves the right' to respond if insurgents do not respect the ceasefire.
The General Command said on Thursday it would also respond to "terrorist groups trying to reinforce their positions by arming themselves and getting reinforcements" as well as neighboring countries facilitating the smuggling of fighters across borders during that period.
According to Syrian army sources, the truce will enter into effect on Friday morning and last until Monday.
UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi had earlier proposed the ceasefire between the Syrian government forces and the insurgents during the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday.
The heads of the Arab League and the United Nations also issued a joint call to the parties involved in the unrest in Syria, urging them to observe the truce.
The Syrian government had earlier announced that it would support the truce proposal only if the Western countries and their regional allies stopped supporting and financing the insurgents.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian, to further discuss the issue.