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Final document not require resignation of Syrian president – Lavrov

June 30, 2012, 23:11 UTC+3

After the Geneva conference, Lavrov said, “The document will not require the resignation"

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GENEVA, June 30 (Itar-Tass) — The final document of the Geneva conference on Syria does not necessitate the resignation of President Bashar Al Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

After the Geneva conference on Saturday, Lavrov said, “The document will not require the resignation. In the initial version there was a phrase saying people, who prevent peace, should be excluded.”

“This runs counter the principle of an inclusive political dialogue in Syria and the U.N. Charter principle on the non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states. This runs counter the logic saying Syrians themselves should decide their fate,” the Russian foreign minister said.

“That is why a thesis saying it is necessary to exclude anyone from the peace process was taken off on our insistence,” he noted.


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