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MOSCOW, January 29. /TASS/. The Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012 remains the basis for a settlement in Syria, the moderator of Moscow consultations between the Syrian opposition and the government, Director of the Oriental Studies Institute under the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vitaly Naumkin, said in reply to a question from TASS.
The point of view in favour of amending the Geneva communique of June 30, 2012 at the meeting in Moscow between the opposition and the Syrian government was voiced, Naumkin said. The document came under "mild criticism."
"Our Syrian friends said that the Geneva communique had been drafted when there still was no such threat of terrorism and that Syrians did not participate in the work on the document," Naumkin said.
Nevertheless, this point of opinion (on introducing the amendments to the communique) failed to gain the upper hand," Naumkin said.