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Kazakhstan: Talks on Geneva-2 to take place during Kerry meeting - Lavrov01:11

Kazakhstan: Talks on Geneva-2 to take place during Kerry meeting - Lavrov

Kazakhstan, Astana
September 12, 2013 at 22:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kazakhstan: Talks on Geneva-2 to take place during Kerry meeting - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about the topics for his Thursday meeting in Geneva during a meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, also on Thursday. He said discussions on a Geneva peace conference, the so-called Geneva-2, could take place when he meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Swiss city.

Lavrov said: "We agreed with John Kerry that it would be unreasonable not to take advantage of our stay in Geneva and hold a meeting regarding preparation for Geneva-2. If there is a chance of preventing a military intervention then there is a possibility that the preparation we have undertaken for Geneva-2, which has taken months already, may finally come to fruition; that is so long as our partners in both the West and the region finally adopt a constructive attitude towards the irreconcilable Syrian opposition towards a Russian-American initiative for calling an international conference. In this context, and knowing that Lakhdar Brahimi and his team are settled in Geneva, we can't rule out the possibility of trilateral meetings in order to discuss, besides the chemical crisis, the perspectives of Geneva-2."

Russia's foreign minister has flown to Geneva to meet with Kerry. Joint United Nations-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is also expected in Geneva for the meeting.

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Kazakhstan: Talks on Geneva-2 to take place during Kerry meeting - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about the topics for his Thursday meeting in Geneva during a meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, also on Thursday. He said discussions on a Geneva peace conference, the so-called Geneva-2, could take place when he meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Swiss city.

Lavrov said: "We agreed with John Kerry that it would be unreasonable not to take advantage of our stay in Geneva and hold a meeting regarding preparation for Geneva-2. If there is a chance of preventing a military intervention then there is a possibility that the preparation we have undertaken for Geneva-2, which has taken months already, may finally come to fruition; that is so long as our partners in both the West and the region finally adopt a constructive attitude towards the irreconcilable Syrian opposition towards a Russian-American initiative for calling an international conference. In this context, and knowing that Lakhdar Brahimi and his team are settled in Geneva, we can't rule out the possibility of trilateral meetings in order to discuss, besides the chemical crisis, the perspectives of Geneva-2."

Russia's foreign minister has flown to Geneva to meet with Kerry. Joint United Nations-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, is also expected in Geneva for the meeting.