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Geneva conference on Syria may take place in July - France’s FM

June 02, 2013, 15:12 UTC+3
Fabius made it clear the main task would be for the Syrian opposition to choose their representatives to the conference
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PARIS, June 2 (Itar-Tass) - A new conference on Syria in Geneva may take place in July, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told audience of the Europa-1 radio station on Sunday.

“In my opinion, it is the last chance /to settle the Syrian conflict - Itar-Tass/,” he said.

Fabius made it clear the main task would be for the Syrian opposition to choose their representatives to the conference.

“It would take certain time,” he said.

On May 27, heads of foreign authorities of Russia and the US Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry met in Paris to discuss organisation of the upcoming Geneva-2 conference on settlement of the Syrian crisis. France’s foreign minister also participated in the meeting.

Following the meeting, Lavrov said Moscow and Washington were for having the conference in Geneva “without preconditions.”

“We have a common understanding that those who participated in the Geneva meeting on June 30, 2012, will be invited automatically, but we would like to extend this circle to include all foreign players, who one way or the other influence the situation in Syria,” he said.

Fabius stressed on Sunday that Paris had been against inviting Iran’s representatives to participate in Geneva-2. “Iran is not for a peaceful settlement,” he said.

During the upcoming week, a new meeting of Russia, the US and the UN in Geneva may discuss preparations for the conference on the settlement of the crisis in Syria.

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