Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov: Implementing Geneva Agreement Is the Only Way to Settle Crisis
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed Russia’s commitment to Geneva agreement on the situation in Syria as the only way to settle the crisis in it.
Lavrov’s statement was quoted by Russia Today website during his meeting on Tuesday with the Syrian government delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, Dr. Qadri Jamil.
Lavrov expressed interest in listening to the delegation’s assessment of the current situation and plans for the next steps the future to help quickly take the situation to the track of political dialogue so as for the Syrians to be able to determine their destiny by themselves without foreign interference.
The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that implementing Geneva agreement is the only way to settle the crisis in Syria.
“We are committed to Geneva agreement which developed and explained in details Annan’s plan, and we are certain that it is the fastest way towards halting the violence and saving the lives of many,” said Lavrov.
He added that this requires a political will on the part of the Syrian government and the parties of the opposition without exception.
“Of course, if this was related to the economy or the humanitarian situation, then all of this has to do with the necessity of implementing the agreements reached and which were agreed on by the Syrian government on June 30 regarding halting the acts of violence and entering into dialogue with the opposition’s groups about the details of the transitional stage,” said Lavrov.
For his part, Minister Jamil stressed that foreign interference is the main problem in the process of settling the crisis in Syria through peaceful means.
He said that the Syrian government is working to find a way out of the current situation in the framework of national reconciliation.
“The state has kept its eyes set on achieving the national reconciliation in Syria,” Jamil stressed, adding that everybody should go for dialogue without pre-conditions.
He reiterated that the principles of dialogue is the rejection of foreign interference and the violence.
The Minister said the Syrian people want the crisis which has caused pressure on the Syrian economy and spilling of blood to be brought to an end.
He affirmed that the U.S. and EU sanctions on Syria are unilateral, illegal and unfair as they are exhausting the Syrian people, noting that “we at the Syrian government are working to implement the state’s approach toward the east in a way to boost our economic and political relations with it.”
Syrian Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs, Ali Haidar, stressed that the solution to the crisis in Syria is through a political process and national dialogue.
He said that halting the violence needs a international atmosphere that is committed to stopping the support to the arming and terrorism in Syria, lashing out at the Western countries’ efforts to black out the work of the National Reconciliation Ministry with the aim of targeting the Syrian state.
Minister Haidar reiterated that there are no pre-conditions at the dialogue table and that the doors are open for everybody without excluding any party.