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Lavrov: Who Contradicts Geneva StatementShoulders Responsibility for More Victims in Syria

Nov 05, 2012

CAIRO, (SANA) –Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed the need for adopting the Geneva statement as the basic reference to solve the crisis in Syria, holding anyone who violates what has been agreed on in this statement responsible for any further victims.

In a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Mohammad Kamel Amr, Lavrov said that some of Russia's partners in the work group on Syria try to evade the agreement and shirk their responsibilities of pressuring the opposition to halt violence and commit to dialogue to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Lavrov said that Russia carries out its obligations according to the Geneva statement in regard to working with all Syrian sides, and according to this basis Russia works with the government and the opposition.

"For well-know reasons, we are not the ones who have great influence on the opposition and I believe that those who do enjoy such influence should exert more efforts to implement the terms of the Geneva statement," Lavrov added.

The Russian Foreign Minister added "Instead of that, some participants in the Geneva meeting are now trying to unify the opposition not on the basis of sitting down at the dialogue table, but rather on the basis of continuing fighting and violence."

Answering a question about secret negotiations between Russia and the U.S. on the Syrian leadership, Lavrov firmly denied holding secret negotiations with anyone about the future of the Syrian leadership.

He added that what really matters is the destiny of the Syrian people and means of ending their suffering, noting that it is impossible to achieve that without halting violence from both sides as agreed upon in Geneva and those who deny that are largely responsible for the lives of civilians.

He stressed the need for finding a just solution to Palestinian issue, adding that none of the events in the region should draw attention away from it.

In turn, Minister Amr said that Egypt and Russia want to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria, put an end to the bloodshed there andfulfill the Syrian people's legitimate demands.

Lavrov: Russia Defends the Syrian People'sSelf-Determination Right without Foreign Intervention

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed that his country defends the Syrian people's self-determination right without foreign dictations or intervention.

Lavrov added, in an interview with the Egyptian newspaper of 'al-Ahram' published on Monday, "this Russian accountable stance meets others' understanding in the world, in the region and among the Syrians, as the political powers which had always criticized Russia's political stances previously begin to understand Russia's stance regarding the crisis in Syria."

The Russian Foreign Minister renewed assertion on Geneva Statement, signed on 30th June, which constitutes a balanced basis to the political solution of the crisis in Syria, criticizing all those who seek to topple the regime with all means regardless of the risks of this approach.

He stressed that those who call for this demand do not care about saving the biggest number of souls possible through halting violence and starting a dialogue between the government and the opposition, rather they are more interested in carrying out their geopolitical agendas, trying to pass their dependant visions against Syria and distorting Russia's stances.

Lavrov pointed out that Russia, on contrast to many international and regional players, continues its contacts with the Syrian government and a wide range of opposition powers, sparing no efforts to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

He criticized Russia's western partners continuation of supporting the armed opposition groups in Syria, pointing out that the presence of al-Qaeda members in Syria pushes the West to think about the possibilities that the weapons they dispatch to Syria may go to unsafe hands.

The Russian official highlighted that if all those who signed Geneva Statement pressure the opposition groups in Syria and the government as well and force them to halt fighting operations and start a dialogue, the chances of UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi's success in his mission will rise.

Lavrov said that Russia follows in its foreign political approach the international law , and the rejection of the double standard policy regarding the international issues and what is going on in the Middle East.

Lavrov stressed that the Russian-Syrian technical cooperation is directed towards supporting Syria's defensive efforts in confrontation of a possible foreign danger, which is proven through the Russian military exports of a defensive feature to Syria.

Regarding his estimation of the Iranian stance regarding the crisis in Syria, he pointed out that Iran attaches great importance to the exerted efforts for preventing international intervention in the Syrian domestic affairs.

He referred to the efforts exerted by Non-Aligned Movement held in Tehran last August to serve these goals, as Iran has also joined Geneva Statement and supported, along with Russia, Brahimi's initiative about cease-fire during Eid al-Adha, which unfortunately did not succeed.

The Russian Foreign Minister continued to say that despite what the region is witnessing, the Palestinian Cause is still the cornerstone for politics in the region, as the turbulent conditions should not be a pretext for halting work, but on the contrary, talks should proceed bringing the possibility of improving the atmosphere in the region.

Lavrov expressed his country's worry over the continuation of the Israeli settlement in the Palestinian territories, stressing that this issue does not help provide the suitable environment for resuming the negotiation process on the basis of the international legitimacy.

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