MOSCOW, (SANA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed his country's concern with the implementation of what was agreed on at the Geneva meeting on the immediate end of violence and starting a political process in which the Syrians themselves determine their destiny with the participation of the government and all groups of the opposition.
Meeting a Syrian opposition delegation in Moscow on Monday, Lavrov expressed hope for implementing what was agreed on at the Geneva meeting, pointing out that Russia is one of the few countries, if not the only one, that is effectively working with the Syrian government and opposition for the implementation of the plan of the UN envoy to Syria Kofi Annan.
Russia Reiterates Firm Stance on Solving Crisis in Syria by the Syrians
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated his country's support to a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria by the Syrians themselves, away from foreign meddling.
In a statement on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Minister Lavrov stressed, during his meeting with a delegation of the Syrian opposition, that ''It Is important that all opposition groups in Syria agree on the need for a political settlement as stated in the plan of the UN envoy, Kofi Annan, and launching an internal dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition.'' Vitaly: Reforms in Syria Impossible as long as Violence Continues
Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Naumkin Vitaly, stressed the necessity that the West, Turkey and the Arab countries adopt more reasonable stances towards the situation in Syria in order to reach a solution.
"The task is still one for all as before which is to stop the violence, start national dialogue in Syria and move to a new structure to conduct the reforms," Naumkin said in a statement on Monday.
He added that conducting the reforms is impossible as long as violence continues.
He stressed the importance of exercising objectivity and agreeing with the West, Turkey and the Arab countries and adopting "more reasonable" stances.
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