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Lavrov and Brahimi to discuss steps to settle crisis in Syria

October 29, 2012, 5:08 UTC+3

Algerian diplomat visits the Russian capital as a UN emissary for the first time

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MOSCOW, October 29 (Itar-Tass) — Practical steps towards settling the crisis in Ayria will be discussed here on Monday by Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov and UN/LAS joint envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. The Algerian diplomat visits the Russian capital as a UN emissary for the first time.

An official at the RF Foreign Ministry said the sides would consider in detail possible practical steps for an earliest politico-diplomatic settlement of the crisis in Syria. Brahimi-initiated inter-Syrian truce expires precisely on October 29. However, the truce, proclaimed for the period of the Muslim Eid al-Adha Feast of the Sacrifice never materialized.

In Damascus on October 26, an explosion occured near a kindergarten in Def-esh-Shouk district, killing five people and wounding over 30. Most of the victims were chidlren. Extremist attacks did not stop at that: in Deraa, a mined automobile exploded. Militants also attacked the military, and the army returned the fire.

Such a situation was predicted by analysts ever since the conflict in Syria broke out. The armed oppostion went practically out of control on the part of a number of external players supporting it. Radical groups, connected with Al-Qaeda, such as, for example, Jebhat-an-Nusra, assert themselves more and more actively. In result, a series of terrorist acts thwarted the truce while Western countries blocked a UN Security Council motion censuring the murderous explosions. They did that again on the plea of "political expediency".

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov pointed out, "The Western countries at the UNSC have again blocked the condemnation of the terrorist act in Damascus while the opposition frustrated the truce. The opposition's course towards a continuation of violence is evident".

Such a conduct of a number countries deadlocks any peace initiatives; the provisions of the Geneva Communique are being sabotaged, which provokes armed groups into combat actions until a "victorious end". Incidentally, one of such victories, a hollow one, in point of fact has divided one North African country into several parts.


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