Lavrov: International efforts should be unified to solve crisis in Syria

Lavrov: International efforts should be unified to solve crisis in Syria

Feb 01, 2014


Munich, (SANA)- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said that International efforts and cooperation should be unified for solving the crisis in Syria, adding that Russia alone can’t solve this crisis.

“Syria is located in an area near Europe, and without unifying the efforts, success would not be realized to solve this crisis,” Lavrov said at the Security conference being held in Munich.

He added that Russia actively supports dialogue launched in Geneva between the Syrian government and opposition, saying “we have to help the Syrians determine their future by themselves… we hope this political process allow preserving Syria’s territorial integrity as a secular state.”

Lavrov affirmed that his country welcomes the modest outcomes of the efforts exerted by the UN envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, saying “Pressures have to be practiced on the two Syrian sides to guarantee resumption of negotiations to realize the aspired-for solution.”

“Crisis in Syria led to changing this country into a stronghold for the extremists and terrorists from different regions of the world,” Lavrov added.

He saw that the opposition has to be more represented in the upcoming talks, saying “this is an important condition to have the conference succeed.”

Russian Foreign Ministry: Lavrov called for expanding Syrian opposition’s participation in Geneva talks

Russian Foreign Ministry said that Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, called during the tripartite meeting he held with U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, for expanding the participation of the Syrian opposition in the coming Geneva talks to include the influential bodies of the opposition.

In a statement, the Ministry added that a tripartite meeting on Syria was held on the sidelines of Munich Security Conference in Germany comprising Lavrov, Kerry and Ban who have listened to a report submitted to UN Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi on the outcome of the first round of talks of the Geneva 2 conference.

The meeting stressed the importance of continuing coordination to keep up with the political and diplomatic developments of the talks.

The Russian side stressed that the participants in the talks should be increased to provide stability required for settling the crisis in Syria.

Ban urges US, Russia to help ensure continuation of Geneva rounds of talks on February 10

Meanwhile, Ban called on the US and Russia to help ensure the resumption of the rounds of talks of the international conference on Syria on February 10 as it was suggested by Brahimi.

During the Munich Conference, Ban called on Russia and the US to exercise their influence to ensure the resumption of talks.

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