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New resolution on Syria ‘too simple decision’

February 11, 2014, 14:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says it is possible to settle the situation “only on basis of general accord and in talks”
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MOSCOW, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Adoption of a new resolution on humanitarian situation in Syria is “a too simple decision”, as general accord and talks are needed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with Algerian counterpart Ramtan Lamamra here on Tuesday.

“A new draft resolution on humanitarian situation in Syria proposed by Western partners is far from reality. The crisis is a very serious problem and it should be resolved on principles of international humanitarian law,” the minister noted.

“Instead of seeking for humanitarian solutions patiently every day they (Western partners - Itar-Tass eds) take adoption of a next resolution as a quite simple decision,” the minister said.

It is possible to settle the situation “only on basis of general accord and in talks,” the Russian foreign minister said. “Exactly this provision is fixed in the Geneva communiquй,” the minister recalled. “We should be guided by this, but should not try to change the situation again in favour of one of negotiating parties,” Lavrov said.

Meanwhile, Russia is prepared to consider a new resolution on Syria by the UN Security Council, if it meets principles of international humanitarian law, the Russian foreign minister said.

“We are prepared to consider this kind of text, which will differ slightly from a UN Security Council statement of October 2, 2013,” the minister noted. “But we also believe that the U.N. Security Council should also focus on no less horrible aspect of Syrian crisis - growth of terrorism over ongoing conflict in Syria,” the Russian foreign minister added.

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