Lavrov Says Syria Talks Must Not imply 'Capitulation' of Regime

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The planned peace conference in Geneva to end the conflict in Syria should not imply any capitulation on the part of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying Tuesday.

"We are categorically against... assertions that the conference should be some kind of public act of capitulation by the government delegation followed by a handing over of power to the opposition," Lavrov told Kuwaiti news agency KUNA in an interview whose text was published by the Russian foreign ministry.

He said it was essential that the result of the conference should be a transitional government containing both members of opposition groups and also representatives of the current regime.

The United States and Russia have jointly backed holding a major peace conference in Geneva to find a solution to the conflict between the regime and the opposition that has lasted over two years.

But with Washington and Moscow still at odds over their approaches and the opposition wary of the process, so far no date has been set for the conference to be held.

Lavrov lamented that while the idea of the conference had received universal approval, the practical steps being made by participants "leave something to be desired".

He hit out at the West for undermining the realization of the conference by giving material support to the rebels and beginning to call for a no-fly zone over Syria.

He said such steps were in line with the actions on the ground of al-Qaida and other extremists who wanted to prevent the holding of the Syria conference and bringing peace to Syria.

Comments 4
Missing dabehshabiha 18 June 2013, 15:04

Russia needs him there so they can keep selling him weapons that he uses on innocent people, may god destroy bashar & his followers

Default-user-icon Armen kevrekian (Guest) 18 June 2013, 19:37

....and establish a Muslim fundamentalist government that oppresses the rights of all minorities and women. Amen !

Thumb LebCynic 18 June 2013, 15:10

All these actions and decisions by the USA and it's allies simply cements that al-qeida are an invention of USA. How many more Arabic countries need to be invaded under the false pretense of "war on terror"? Let KSA & GCC continue to be zoinist puppets to the western world, the oil will run out one day and then they will return to their roots living in tents riding camels.

Missing greaterlebanon 18 June 2013, 15:12

Russia and USA, all they care about is the Jews.