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Moscow urges Damascus to unite with opposition in fight against terrorists in Syria

November 19, 2013, 17:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Lavrov: it will be even better without waiting for convening a peace conference Geneva-2

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MOSCOW, November 19, /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow urges Damascus to unite with the opposition in the struggle against terrorists in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

“It will be even better without waiting for convening a peace conference Geneva-2 to launch the joint struggle together with the moderate secular opposition, the struggle against terrorists, who seek to change the power not only in Syria, but also in the whole region,” Lavrov said. “The fact of convening the conference can play a positive role so that reasonable people from the opposition, who are fighting, will stop doing it and will help to kill the terrorists,” Lavrov said.

Russia's Foreign Minister stressed the importance of humanitarian aide.

“We appreciate that the Syrian authorities continuing the struggle against terrorism do not give way to provocations and build up cooperation with humanitarian agencies to facilitate the fate of people,” he said. “In reply to the wishes of specific humanitarian agencies we urge you to do more to deliver the relief supplies to people in need as quickly as possible and without bureaucratic procedures,” he noted.

Lavrov also praised Syria's actions over chemical weapons stockpiles: “At the record brief period of time the steps are being taken to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons under the agreements between Damascus, the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons."

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