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Russia insists on eliminating duplicities from resolution on Syria

February 04, 2012, 15:08 UTC+3

“The internal Syrian dialogue should be conducted without any preconditions”

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MUNICH, February 4 (Itar-Tass) — Russia insists on removing duplicities from the text of the UN Security Council’s resolution on Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday as he addressed the participants in the Munich annual conference on security.

“We must eliminate all the duplicities in the text,” he said. “The internal Syrian dialogue should be conducted without any preconditions.”

On the eve of his departure for Munich, Lavrov told the ‘News on Saturday’ TV program aired by the Rossiya-1 channel that the Moroccan draft project of the resolution on Syria “is undergoing changes in the right direction but it still requires a lot of work to be done.”

“Like Hillary Clinton, I’m going to Munich to take part in the conference on security that’s held there annually,” he said. “I’ve been entrusted with representing the Russian side this year.”

“Hillary Clinton and I spoke over the phone yesterday about the situation that’s taken shape at the Security Council in the context of discussions of the Moroccan resolution,” Lavrov said.

“In essence, the Moroccan project still has two groups of problems – a one-sided inclination and the reluctance to assess the outrages committed by the /anti-governmental/ armed groups that are provoking violence, intimidating the civilian population, trying to create a crisis in the sphere of public services, prohibiting people to go to work at social institutions, and engaging in robberies and acts of marauding,” he said.

“The Moroccan resolution says it condemns violence wherever the latter comes from but it says practically nothing about the armed group while listing the sins of the regime on two pages,” Lavrov said.

“This will send a bad signal to the nation, all the more so that demands to the regime include, among other things, an immediate withdrawal of army units from all the cities and towns,” he said.

“In the absence of a tie-up to the simultaneous demand to stop the extremist sorties of paramilitary groups, this phrase /about stopping violence wherever it comes from – Itar-Tass/ has an absolutely provocative sounding,” Lavrvov said.

“Any President with a sense of respect for himself – whatever your attitude to his personality – will not concede to surrendering the population centers to extremists just like that,” he said.

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