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Russia to cooperate with Arab League for peace in Syria

Monday, February 13, 2012

Laaska News  Feb. 13, 2012

A phone talk has taken place between Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil el-Arabi and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The talk took place on Mr. Arabi’s initiative.
Mr. Lavrov said that it is the UN who should look for a solution of the Syrian problem, and Russia is ready to cooperate with it.

Mr. Arabi informed the Russian minister about the outcomes of a meeting of the Arab League, which took place in Cairo on Sunday and discussed the Syrian problem.

Sergey Lavrov confirmed that Russia’s position on Syria remains unchanged – the only way to peace is a dialogue of the conflicting sides, without any preliminary conditions.

Later, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement summing up the results of Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Arabi’s talk. In particular, it says that Russia is ready to cooperate with the Arab League in order to settle the Syrian conflict. But Russia believes that Syria’s sovereignty must remain untouched in any case.



Russia awaits AL clarifications on Syria mission


Russia is awaiting the Arab League’s clarifications concerning its initiative to send an international peace-keeping mission to Syria.

A statement to this effect was made by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following talks in Moscow with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Lavrov made it clear that a nationwide dialogue in Syria would yield fruit only on condition that all political groups engaged in it.

The Russian foreign minister said that during his recent visit to Damascus he saw that the Syrian leadership was prepared for talks with opposition and that it was now up to the opposition to have its say.



Syria rejects AL peace decision

Syria has rejected the decisions taken by the Arab League Council in Cairo, which it denounced as “a blatant interference in its internal affairs and a violation of its national sovereignty.”

An official source said on Monday the Arab League wouldn’t put off the government from protecting its people and going ahead in its process to achieve the security and stability in the country.

AL’s foreign ministers decided on Sunday to turn to the UN Security Council to form a joint peacekeeping force, which would tackle the Syrian crisis.

Peacekeepers will replace the League’s monitoring mission, withdrawn on January 28, and oversee the “cease-fire.”



Arab League calls for sending UN troops to Syria


The Arab League has called off its mission of monitors in Syria and urged the United Nations to send troops there. The decision was made by the Arab League Foreign Ministers during their conference in Cairo on Sunday.
They called for supporting the Syrian opposition, severing diplomatic relations with Damascus and toughening sanctions against Syria. The League Ambassadors at the United Nations have been told to draft a resolution for the General Assembly, which is discussing the Syrian crisis today.

The situation in Syria will also feature prominently on the agenda of the talks that the Foreign Ministers of Russia and the United Arab Emirates are due to hold in Moscow today. Sergei Lavrov will brief Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on his recent visit to Damascus and will try to convince his interlocutor of the need for a political settlement of the Syrian problem.




Laaska News.