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Russian foreign minister raises Syrian problems at his meetings at UN General Assembly

September 27, 2012, 11:11 UTC+3

Lavrov praised "the role the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is playing in the world politics"

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MOSCOW, September 27 (Itar-Tass) —— Problems of the Syrian settlement and threats to peace and stability were in the focus of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s meetings on the sidelines of the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations Organization, a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Thus, Lavrov met with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius, “to discuss key problems of the international agenda, including the situation in North Africa,” the spokesman said.

The Russian foreign minister also met with top-ranking officials from the Non-Aligned Movement “troika” (Iran, Egypt, and Venezuela). They also discussed the situation in the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on the Syrian settlement. “Issues of inter-civilization dialogue were raised in the context of efforts to find ways to overcome international instability,” the spokesman said.

Lavrov praised “the role the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is playing in the world politics, the high authority of this representative alliance of states in conditions of the formation of a new, polycentric system of international relations,” the ministry spokesman noted. “Participants in the meeting noted that Russia’s and NAM’s positions on a wide range of issues are next to identical, that both Russia and the NAM want a more fair world order. They also noted their commitment to the principle of the supremacy of law and non-acceptance of the jackboot policies. They expressed confidence that further steps are needed to encourage mutually beneficial cooperation, including within the United Nations system.”

During his meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic, Lavrov discussed key aspects of the Balkan situation, including the Kosovo settlement.

The Russian foreign minister also met with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Madagascar Pierrot Rajaonarivelo. “The ministers exchanged views on the development of the situation in the Malagasy settlement,” the spokesman said.

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