MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said the terrorist acts are continuing in Syria because of the uncontrolled flow of weapons and gunmen to the country.
In a speech during
the annual conference on the results of the Russian diplomacy in 2012,
Lavrov stressed that the priority for Russia is to consolidate dialogue
as to solve the crisis in Syria in full accordance with the Geneva
statement without any distortion.
upon all sides to immediately stop violence and set at the dialogue
table, adding that Russia is meeting with all the sides in Syria,
whether from the government or the opposition, and calls upon all
external players, including members of the UN Security Council and
Turkey, to implement the Geneva statement.
highlighted that the efforts of Russia and China with the UN envoy to
Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, are hindered by the Syrian opposition which
rejects dialogue and insists on bringing down the regime, "which is an
unacceptable idea that will not be useful for dialogue".
regret over the wrong messages sent by other participants of the Geneva
action group to the Syrian opposition that doesn't want to meet with
He noted that "The
opposition coalition stated that it doesn't allow any meeting with the
government", saying "this contradicts what we agreed upon in Geneva,
that is preserving the state and not repeating the mistakes which were
made in other countries".
"I don't know why
the West welcomed the 'Doha Coalition' which rejected the dialogue,
they should commit the coalition to hold dialogue," Lavrov said, adding
that "Our priority in solving the crisis in Syria is through dialogue,
we agreed with our partners on preventing crises from spreading."
Russian Foreign Minister stressed that Moscow's foreign policies aim at
solving the crises in the world, expressing worries over the situation
in Syria and the region.
question on the evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria, Lavrov
stressed that Moscow is not evacuating its citizens from Syria, noting
that "There are tens of thousands of Russian citizens in Syria, and less
than 100 families agreed to travel to Russia."
situation in Syria, according to the evaluation of the Russian Embassy,
doesn't require the implementation of the emergency situation plan for
evacuation of the Russian citizens," he added.
described Washington's exclusion of Iran from participating in solving
the crisis in Syria as a "great mistake", adding that Tehran is a key
country and problems in the region cannot be solved without it.
He stressed that the calls to isolate Iran will lead to a crisis and will fail.
suggested that all the gulf, Arabs and Iranians, prepare the needed
agreement to set a defense strategy in the gulf, pointing out that the
problems between gulf states and Iran should be solved through dialogue.
Lavrov underlines that Russia works on
solving the international problems on the bases of mutual respect and
avoiding meddling in the countries' affairs, stressing the need to reach
a just solution to the Palestinian Cause.
M. Nassr/ H. Said