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Brahimi to hold in Geneva separate meetings with Kerry, Lavrov to talk Geneva-2

September 12, 2013, 13:02 UTC+3

Tri-lateral talks remain a possibility

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GENEVA, September 12 (Itar-Tass) - The UN and Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will hold separate meetings in Geneva with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the envoy’s press secretary Khawla Mattar told Itar-Tass on Thursday, adding that most like the meeting with Russian side will be held Friday.

The spokeswoman said that most likely parties will discuss the Syrian peace conference dubbed as Geneva-2. “Lakhdar Brahimi is treating U.S.-Russia talks as a good opportunity to make progress towards Geneva-2 and bring both sides closer together on the issue,” she added. Mattar  admitted that currently it’s too early to talk on the possibility of a tri-lateral meeting, between the special representative and two leaders of foreign agencies.

Earlier Thursday head of Russia’s Foreign Ministry said he did not rule out a tri-lateral meeting which would “discuss Geneva 2 prospects.” Moscow, Washington and the UN have been trying to organize this event since May of this year.

John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov are expected to meet in Geneva to start discussing Russia’s proposal to Syrian regarding giving up chemical weapons to international authorities. Earlier this week Russia urged Syria to place chemical weapons under international control. “We do not know whether Syria will agree to this, but if such international control over chemical weapons in that country helps avoid the strikes, we will start working with Damascus immediately,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, September 9. Foreign officials mostly supported this idea

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