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Kremlin official suggests ‘politically sane’ Syrian oppositionists be invited to Geneva-2

October 01, 2013, 4:27 UTC+3
In fact, everyone in Syria is fighting against everyone else, Ivanov said
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MOSCOW, October 1 (Itar-Tass) - ‘Politically sane’ Syrian oppositionists could be invited to the Geneva-2 talks so as to open a dialogue on peace settlement of the conflict in Syria, believes the chief of the Kremlin Administration staff, Sergei Ivanov.

“The West is gradually developing the understanding that, quite possibly, the opposition /in Syria - Itar-Tass/ should be divided,” he said. “It’s time to stop the attempts to convince Al Qaida and other extremists that Geneva-2 should be discussed.”

“If the West goes forward with the plans to arm the so-called Syrian People’s Army, which consists of the Syrians warring against Assad, there is every ground to believe Al Qaida will simply seize weaponry from them because Al Qaida is stronger than the Syrian armed opposition,” Ivanov said.

“The opposition in Syria should be divided in two as the first step and then Assad’s representatives and the politically sane part of the opposition should be invited to Geneva for starting a new dialogue.

The conflict in Syria “has long stopped being a war of the government against the opposition, since the opposition consists of at least five factions and most of them hate all other factions ardently,” Ivanov said in an interview that was published Monday by Rossiyskaya Gazeta,

In fact, everyone in Syria is fighting against everyone else, Ivanov said.

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