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Russia: All Syria stakeholders required at Geneva-II - Lavrov01:35

Russia: All Syria stakeholders required at Geneva-II - Lavrov

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 5, 2013 at 11:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: All Syria stakeholders required at Geneva-II - Lavrov

All stakeholders in the Syria conflict, be they internal or external should be represented at the upcoming Geneva-II conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference held with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully.

Lavrov said: "If we want the Geneva-II conference to really push towards implementing the Geneva Communique then we have to ensure Syrians attend it, that's the first. The Geneva Communique implies that Syrian delegations have to represent the whole of Syrian society.”

He added: “External stakeholders should also be properly represented in order to prompt all conflicting parties in Syria to look for mutual consent, according to the Geneva Communique requirement. All those who influence various Syrian groups should definitely attend these negotiations at the opening phase of the conference."

The press conference was held in advance of talks in Moscow Tuesday concerning cooperation between Russia and New Zealand, and interaction on international issues - especially those relating to the interests of both countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Russia: All Syria stakeholders required at Geneva-II - Lavrov

All stakeholders in the Syria conflict, be they internal or external should be represented at the upcoming Geneva-II conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference held with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully.

Lavrov said: "If we want the Geneva-II conference to really push towards implementing the Geneva Communique then we have to ensure Syrians attend it, that's the first. The Geneva Communique implies that Syrian delegations have to represent the whole of Syrian society.”

He added: “External stakeholders should also be properly represented in order to prompt all conflicting parties in Syria to look for mutual consent, according to the Geneva Communique requirement. All those who influence various Syrian groups should definitely attend these negotiations at the opening phase of the conference."

The press conference was held in advance of talks in Moscow Tuesday concerning cooperation between Russia and New Zealand, and interaction on international issues - especially those relating to the interests of both countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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