Monday, January 14, 2013

Lavrov.. President al-Assad's Stepping Aside as Precondition to hold Dialogue Impossible

Lavrov.. President al-Assad's Stepping Aside as Precondition to hold Dialogue ImpossibleJan 13, 2013 

MOSCOW, (SANA)-Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that "President Bashar al-Assad's stepping aside as a precondition to launch the political process in Syria is impossible."

"Our partners call for the necessity of excluding President al-Assad from the political process as a precondition, but this was not mentioned in Geneva Statement, and it is impossible," Lavrov added in a statement on Sunday. 

He called on the Syrian opposition to follow President al-Assad's move and offer its suggestions on launching the dialogue.

"President al-Assad has presented initiatives which aim at inviting all opposition sides for dialogue.. these initiatives seem to be not long- distance, others may see it as not serious.. but they are actual proposals.. and if I were in the position of the Syrian opposition, I had offered my opinions on launching the dialogue," Lavrov added. 

He stressed that the government and Syrian opposition have to reach a consensus on the dimensions and durations of the transitional period during which preparations for new general elections are to be held. 

"This would be fair and just if all were interested in saving the biggest possible number of Syrian lives," Lavrov said.

He added that during the tripartite meeting in Geneva on January 11th, among the special representative of the Russian President for the Middle East Affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov, US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and the UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, they reached an understanding that the crisis in Syria poses a threat to the whole region.



Lavrov Stresses Need to Continue Work with All Syrian Sides to Solve Crisis in SyriaJan 14, 2013 

MOSCOW, (SANA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed the necessity of continuing work with all Syrian sides to solve the crisis in Syria.

"No substitute to continue the work with all Syrian sides for an immediate halt of the acts of violence and starting a Syrian dialogue without precondition to settle the most urgent issues on the national agenda," Lavrov said in a phone call with his Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natalegawaw, posted by Russia Today website on Monday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the phone call also dealt with prospects of enhancing bilateral cooperation and exchanging views on international issues, particularly the situation in Syria and means of finding political and diplomatic solution to the crisis in it.

H. Zain/ Ghossoun

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