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Political resolution of the Syrian crisis will prevail

September 02, 2013, 14:30 UTC+3

There is no alternative, says Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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MOSCOW, September 2 (Itar-Tass) -- Some form of political settlement in Syria will prevail, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after talks with his South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

"We still believe there is no alternative to political settlement. In this connection, I do not accept that anybody has doubts about the need to convene the Geneva conference to implement the communique adopted on June 30 last year," Lavrov said.

"Even American partners who have decided to strike against Syria based on some super-convincing information which is at the same time top secret and cannot be shown to anybody, even they all the same prefer a political approach," the minister added. "And after they bomb Syria, they will be ready for convening the conference called Geneva-2."

But calls were addressed to the United States now not to be limited to precise strikes and to bomb wider and deeper, he noted. If action announced by the United States took place despite words spoken about Geneva, it would postpone prospects for the forum, if not for ever, he added.

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