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Lavrov and Fabius discuss preparations for inter-Syrian talks scheduled for January 29

January 27, 2016, 17:23 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, January 27. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius have discussed over the phone on Wednesday the aspects of preparations for the inter-Syrian negotiations to be held on January 29 in Geneva. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the conversation had been initiated by the French side.

"During the conversation, the two ministers discussed topical aspects of preparations for the talks between representatives of the Syrian government and opposition under UN auspices in accordance with Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council to be held on January 29 in Geneva," the ministry said.

This is the second conversation between the two ministers in the past two days. According to French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll, Fabius earlier discussed the inter-Syrian talks with Lavrov.

Russia’s top diplomat told the annual news conference on Tuesday that there should be no preconditions for beginning the inter-Syrian talks, and particular emphasis should be laid on the humanitarian aspects.

Lavrov also noted that the inter-Syrian talks should bring together the widest possible array of participants, including Syrian Kurds who make up about 15% of Syria’s population. "We have been recently hearing doubts of a separate, I would say, one member of the International Syria Support Group on whether Syrian Kurds, specifically, the Democratic Union Party should be invited. I believe that without this party, without this participant the talks cannot bear the fruit we seek, that is, the final political settlement in Syria," he said.

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