Oct. 17 - International envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, arrives in Lebanon as part of a regional tour aimed at ending the country's civil war. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY-NO REPORTER NARRATION) International envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrives in Beirut for talks with officials as part of a regional tour aimed at ending the bloodshed in Syria. Brahimi was to meet with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Mikati. A Syrian government spokesman said on Wednesday it was hoped Brahimi's talks with Middle East states would help prospects for a "constructive initiative" to end its civil war, but reiterated that any peace plan must be respected by both sides. Brahimi has called for a ceasefire to mark the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha later this month, after holding talks with leaders from several countries in the region - including allies and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. The envoy is expected to return to Damascus after concluding his meetings in the region to inform Syrian leaders about the results of his talks.