Lavrov : A Peaceful Political Solution to Crisis in Syria is Impossible without President al-Assad

19 November، 2015
Moscow, SANA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed on Thursday that it is impossible to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria without President Bashar al-Assad who represents interests of the Syrian society.

“Western countries have recognized the nullity of their previous statements which declared that Syria’s issues would be solved through the departure of President al- Assad,” Lavrov told Voice of Russia Radio.

He was confident in the possibility of coordinating against the Islamic state (ISIS) even with countries that join the US-led coalition, provided that respecting Syria’s sovereignty and the capacity of the Syrian government.

Moscow: Intensifying efforts to implement Vienna agreements on Syria

Meanwhile, Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry said “Moscow is working to intensify efforts to implement Vienna agreements on solving the crisis in Syria.”

“Russia is convinced that those agreements would pave the way for launching a Syrian- Syrian dialogue as soon as possible to serve the political settlement to the crisis in Syria on the basis of Geneva statement issued on June 30, 2012,” Zakharova said at a
press conference.

She pointed out that Russia had suggested a draft resolution to the UN Security Council and is awaiting a response from the other partners and their suggestions in this regard, stressing the necessity of uniting efforts of all countries to confront terrorism.

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Di Mistura calls for forming “unified delegation of opposition” to start political settlement in Syria
19 November، 2015
New York, SANA

UN Special envoy to Syria Staffan Di Mistura called for forming “a comprehensive and unified delegation of opposition” to start a political process that achieves the peaceful settlement to the crisis in Syria.

“It is important to have a unified opposition and I think we will reach this target through speeding up efforts and through the participation of all countries which have influence and play an important role,” Di Mistura said at a press conference on Thursday.

He added that during Vienna meeting, agreement has been made to reach a cease-fire, considering this issue as “closer to be realized more than any time before.”

Di Mistura saw that the reason behind cease-fire, which doesn’t include the Islamic state (ISIS), is the beginning of a political process which achieves the peaceful, political settlement to the crisis in Syria.

He pointed out to a number of places where cease-fire has succeeded, like al-Fawa’a and Kafrya towns which have been realized through the participation of influential sides.

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