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Lavrov: Delays of Geneva-2 give more chances to terrorists in Syria

August 09, 2013, 8:56 UTC+3

"Being in despair is not our profession," Russia's Foreign Minister noted

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WASHINGTON, August 9 (Itar-Tass) - The more the Geneva-2 is being postponed, the more evident is the need to pay special attention to fighting terrorists, who continue the war both against Syrian government and the opposition. This said in a statement Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday following his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon in New York.

Reporters wanted to learn if Ban ki-Moon believed in the possibility of an international conference on the Syrian settlement. Lavrov said: “Being in despair is not our profession. The diplomacy is to gain a result, but the result may be achieved only if everyone is playing the same game.”

“We have made our part of work,” the foreign minister said. “The regime is ready to send a delegation without preconditions. Now the opposition should have its say.”

“The more we are delaying with the issue, the more clear it is that the focus should be made on fighting terrorism, as terrorist on the ground are pushing the so-called Free Syrian Army, sometimes collide with it, like with the governmental forces, too,” Lavrov said.

“This is a common threat both for those following the Syrian government, and for those who want Syria to remain a secular state, multi-religious, multi-ethnic, but who still believe the regime should go,” he continued. “Thus we see clearly that the last year’s Geneva communiqué· contains the only reasonable, clear solution of the situation: the government and the opposition on the basis of mutual accord agree how to reach the national peace, how to organize a transition period, to organize an authority to draft a new version of the constitution, and to organize new elections, the one, which would suit both the government and the opposition.”

“The more we are delaying organization of the conference, the more the terrorists will be in its way, as they are growing in numbers and they are fighting both the government and the opposition,” Lavrov said.

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