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Meeting of Syria’s friends in Paris politically wrong, immoral – Russian FM

July 07, 2012, 1:29 UTC+3

“’Friendship’ solely with part of the Syrian opposition is capable of exacerbating contradictions, worsening the confrontation inside Syria”, Lukashevich said

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MOSCOW, July 6 (Itar-Tass) —— The meeting of the Friends of Syria group in Paris is politically wrong and immoral, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday.

“Russia, China and a number of other countries, which have old-time bonds of friendship with Syria and its people, refused to join the list of such ‘friends’, because, in our opinion, the biased format they have chosen is not only politically wrong, but also immoral,” Lukashevich said. “’Friendship’ solely with part of the Syrian opposition is capable of exacerbating contradictions, worsening the confrontation inside Syria and causing the parties to the intra-Syrian conflict take a harsher stance.”

“This means only one thing – further bloodshed and more human tragedies,” the diplomat said.

“One has the impression that some participants in the June 30 meeting in Geneva are unaware of the seriousness of the responsibility stemming from the provisions of its final communique,” Lukashevich said. “Let me remind you, the communique says the members of the Action Group are expected to involve all conflicting parties in Syria in the process of implementing the Kofi Annan plan to the full extent.”

“Instead, political propaganda shows are being staged, where the future of Syria is discussed without its main representatives and where loud calls are made on the Opposition for uncompromising struggle for the overthrow of the Syrian leadership,” Lukashevich said. “All this is spiced with lavish promises of financial support and economic aid, as well as hints behind the scenes at the possibility of the use of force.”

Moscow strictly adheres to the policy of “promoting a peace settlement of the Syrian crisis by the Syrians themselves, without foreign intervention.”

“The fundamental bearings of such a settlement were established in Geneva,” the diplomat said. “On their constructive platform the Syrian Opposition should unite and enter into a dialogue with the government with the aim to ensure the political process, conducted by the Syrians themselves, should allow the Syrian people to independently and democratically determine their future within the framework of sovereignty, independence, national unity and territorial integrity of Syria.”

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