Russia Ready to Support any Decision to Be Taken by the Syrians Themselves

Russia Ready to Support any Decision to Be Taken by the Syrians Themselves

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated on Tuesday his country’s readiness to support any decision that will be taken by the Syrian people in the framework a national comprehensive dialogue.

“The international community with all its members, particularly those who have direct influence on the situation in Syria, should help the Syrian sides reach dialogue and national reconciliation as this is the only way to stop violence and bloodshed,” Lavrov said to SANA correspondent in Moscow following the meeting with the Syrian delegation.

He described the talks with Jamil and Haidar as very useful , saying ” undoubtedly, the general approach taken by the Syrian leadership was the only correct approach in spite of some delay in work and a number of mistakes.”

Lavrov added that his talks with the Syrian delegation dealt with the tangible issues of contacts between the Syrian government, the National Reconciliation Ministry from one side and the opposition from the other, particularly the latest initiative proposed by “the National Coordination Board.”

“We saw that our Syrian friends, the representatives of the government, were ready for that as the initiative is called to put an end to the violence and bloodshed from whatever source  it was, later comes the issues of detainees, refugees and the humanitarian aid as well as the immediate start of dialogue between the government and the Syrian opposition groups,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov: Implementing Geneva Agreement Is the Only Way to Settle Crisis

Minister Lavrov stressed during his meeting with the Syrian government delegation Russia’s commitment to Geneva agreement on the situation in Syria as the only way to settle the crisis in it.

Quoted by Russia Today website, 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 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.


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