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Syrian opposition meet Russian FM

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Representatives of Syria’s opposition and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have discussed ways of resolving the crisis in Syria. But the 2 sides failed to come up with a breakthrough.

Delegates from the Democratic Forum met Lavrov in Moscow on Monday.

Leader of the opposition group, Michel Kilo, said after the meeting that they had very good talks. But he said the 2 sides agreed it would be difficult for the Syrian government and opposition to work out their differences anytime soon.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it’s important for Syrian opposition groups to have a unified platform.

The ministry stressed the Syrian government and opposition must start a comprehensive dialogue at an early date.

The ministry reiterated its stance that it is up to Syrians themselves to resolve the crisis without foreign intervention.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry officials plan to soon invite delegates from another opposition group, the Syrian National Council, to Moscow. Their mediation efforts differ from western powers that demand Syrian President Bashar al-Assad step down.

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Jul. 10, 2012

NHK