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Australia’s FM calls on Russia to support removal of Syria’s president

July 15, 2012, 8:44 UTC+3
On Monday, July 16, Moscow will host a meeting of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the UN and Arab League’s special envoy Kofi Annan
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SYDNEY, July 15 (Itar-Tass) —— Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr called on Russia to support the suggestion from several countries regarding removal of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

Implementation of this suggestion would be a step towards an end of the civil was in Syria, Carr said in a statement published by the foreign minister on Sunday.

Carr says the world is appalled by the news that Assad regime forces have slaughtered up to 200 civilians in the village of Treimsa.

"This is another brutal and barbaric crime against innocent civilians," he said.

"We share the views of the United States and other nations that a transition of power away from President Assad would be a step toward implementing the ceasefire that the people of Syria so desperately require," Carr said.

Earlier, Itar-Tass learned from a diplomatic source in Moscow that on Monday, July 16, Moscow will host a meeting of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the UN and Arab League’s special envoy Kofi Annan, where the sides will discuss the situation around Syria.

 

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