Moscow Concerned Over Continued Efforts to Destroy Geneva II

Sole wish of foreign Syrian opposition’s sponsors is replacement of regime

Russia’s Foreign Minister added that the Syrian government was prepared to discuss the implementation of the Geneva communiqué in full

Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov


MOSCOW, February 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has the impression that in persuading Syria’s external opposition to join the Geneva-2 conference its sponsors had in mind only the replacement of the regime, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated on Friday.

“They are prepared to discuss other issues, in the first place, the struggle against terrorism, only after a transitional body is created, because ‘in the field’ government troops are confronted with armed opposition,” he said.

Lavrov added that the Syrian government was prepared to discuss the implementation of the Geneva communiqué in full.

“It’s counterproductive” to take out one point on a transition governing body from the Geneva document, Lavrov said.

“We’ll insist what was agreed earlier should be implemented. This is the part of the communiqué saying a representative delegation of the opposition should be involved in the process,” he said.

Moscow concerned over continued bids for foiling Geneva 2

Feb 14, 2014
Moscow, SANA

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, expressed Moscow’s concern over the continuous bids for finding a pretext to foil the Syrian political dialogue taking place in Geneva.

“There are attempts to foil the international conference on Syria, Geneva 2, under various pretexts, including the politicization of the humanitarian issue,” Lavrov said in a joint press conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Moscow on Friday,

He warned of the attempts to politicize the humanitarian situation in Syria after the failure to use the pretext of the chemical weapons, in a reference to the U.S-Western threats, last September, to launch aggression on Syria under the pretext of the use of chemical weapons.

Lavrov expressed satisfaction with the official Syrian official delegation’s willingness to discuss all Geneva items including transitional governing body, warning that focusing on one item in Geneva statement will lead to contrary results.

On the other hand, Lavrov warned that the West is trying to create a “sphere of influence” in Ukraine by pressuring it to choose ‘either or’ — either with the EU or with Russia.

Lavrov has once again warned the West over meddling in Ukraine.

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin hoped the UN Security Council resolution on the humanitarian situation in Syria will include decisive formula on counterterrorism.

” I believe that the humanitarian resolution will be discussed in the first place as a priority. In my opinion, it will include some strongly worded references to terrorism, but it does not mean that we will stop pushing for the adoption of the UN Security Council official statement on counterterrorism,” Churkin said in statements quoted by Russia Today on Friday.

” The Russian authorities are hopeful that the draft resolution on humanitarian aid access to Syria that is currently being debated by the UN Security Council will eventually be adopted, Churkin, told reporters.

Last week, Australia, Jordan and Luxemburg proposed a draft resolution to the UNSC regarding what was called as “the humanitarian issue in Syria”. The draft resolution includes threats to impose sanctions on whoever hinders the humanitarian aid as it gives a 15-day deadline for the implementation of the draft resolution’s demands.

Russia quickly dismissed it as a “non-starter” because it contained “one-sided accusations” against the government.

Moscow and Beijing rejected the Western draft resolution as it undermines the humanitarian efforts in #Syria.

Cuba’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Rodolfo Reyes, rejected using the protection of civilians issue as a pretext to interfere in internal affairs of sovereign states.

While the US Permanent Representative to the #UN, Samantha Power, said that the United States would seek the adoption of a tough-worded resolution submitted by the West.

Russia submitted its own draft resolution concerning the humanitarian situation in Syria to the UN Security Council.

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