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RF against timeframe for carrying out Annan’s plan on Syria, Lavrov said

April 02, 2012, 15:51 UTC+3

The minister also noted that all calls should be addressed to all parties

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YEREVAN, April 2 (Itar-Tass) — Russia comes against a timeframe for carrying out a plan put forth by U.N./LAS Special Envoy Kofi Annan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

After a meeting with Armenian Foreign Minister Edvard Nalbandyan on Monday, Lavrov said, “Ultimatums and the West requirements do not help the peaceful settlement.”

The minister also noted that all calls should be addressed to all parties. “If all parties take their steps, no results will be yielded,” the Russian minister explained.

“The Syrian government must take the first step: this was written in the Kofi Annan plan. It [Syria’s government] must start withdrawing troops. But if the withdrawal of troops is not accompanied by the similar actions of those who fight against the Syrian government, I believe that no results will be yielded soon,” the Russian foreign minister noted.

“That is why demands should be put forward to those who are now fighting on the opposite sides of the barricades. These forces should be separated and the barricades should be destroyed in order to deliver humanitarian aid to the population,” Lavrov stressed.

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