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Geneva II should focus on fighting terrorism, transition governing body

February 14, 2014, 14:22 UTC+3 GENEVA
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GENEVA, February 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia believes that the Geneva II Peace Conference should focus on the fight against terrorism and the creation of a transition governing body, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said.

“The matter is not in details. Any statement saying it is necessary to fight terrorism is being backed by everyone. When concrete discussions start it turns out to be that the opposition considers this problem the fight against state terrorism, i.e. the opposition believes that state terrorism is upheld by the Syrian government and the regime by President Bashar al-Assad,” the Russian diplomat said.

“In fact, the current events in Syria are fully ignored: these are dozens of thousands of mercenaries from different countries and they seek to carry on armed actions till the end and reject the political resolution of the crisis,” he said.

“Thus, these are two important issues. They should be raised at the Geneva talks. Everything will depend on Lakhdar Brahimi’s skills and his capacity to find such modalities, which will be acceptable for both parties,” the Russian diplomat said.

“Russia is ready to uphold any decisions, which will be taken on the basis of the parties’ mutual accord,” he said.

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