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Russian Foreign Ministry wants to establish a dialogue with the Syrian opposition

2012-01-30 12:33

During the meetings with representatives of the Syrian opposition, Moscow will try to convince them to dialogue with the authorities of Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, Interfax reported.

"We regularly meet with leaders of all major opposition groups in Syria and abroad. In the near future we plan regular contacts", Lavrov said in an interview with the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation NHK.

"We are trying to persuade the forces that the dialogue is the only way to settle", he said, adding that "unfortunately, some of our partners in the UN Security Council take the opposite position and convince the opposition not to start dialogue with the authorities".

It became known that the activity of the observer mission of the League of Arab States (LAS) in Syria has been temporarily suspended.

Russia is concerned about the Arab League's decision. This was stated by Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich. "It is known that the Arab League has decided to suspend activity of the observer mission in Syria, and this fact raises additional concerns", the diplomat said.

Earlier in Brunei's capital, Sergey Lavrov expressed his surprise at the decision of the Arab League to withdraw its observers from the conflict areas of Syria in Damascus. "We'd like to understand such their attitude to a useful tool. I would generally stand for increase of the number of observers", he said, recalling that the Russian draft of resolution on Syria remains in the UN Security Council.

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