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Laos: Lavrov calls for new round of negotiations on Syria02:22

Laos: Lavrov calls for new round of negotiations on Syria

Lao People's Democratic Republic, Vietane
July 26, 2016 at 11:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that it was time to start “the political stage of the settlement of the Syrian crisis.” He was speaking in Vietane on the last day of the ministerial summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Lavrov explained that the meeting in Geneva between the UN, the US, and Russia would focus on bringing all parties to the table. He expressed his dissatisfaction, saying: “It is necessary to convene the next round. I would call it the first round of negotiations because the previous attempts can hardly be called negotiations.”

Lavrov urged that what needed to be done was “to convene the talks that would be based on the principles of UN Security Council,” and that means “full participation of the government and all the opposition powers.” He blamed the High Negotiation Committee, formed in Riyadh, for the impasse in bringing the sides together as it “holds a non-constructive position”. He said it has “put forward no proposals and only offers the ultimatum.”

The situation in Syria has been improved with the implementation of the ceasefire which sees some militant groups take a turn towards negotiations. The Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front were excluded from the truce which has seen advances by the Syrian army and some opposition groups against terrorist organisations.

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that it was time to start “the political stage of the settlement of the Syrian crisis.” He was speaking in Vietane on the last day of the ministerial summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Lavrov explained that the meeting in Geneva between the UN, the US, and Russia would focus on bringing all parties to the table. He expressed his dissatisfaction, saying: “It is necessary to convene the next round. I would call it the first round of negotiations because the previous attempts can hardly be called negotiations.”

Lavrov urged that what needed to be done was “to convene the talks that would be based on the principles of UN Security Council,” and that means “full participation of the government and all the opposition powers.” He blamed the High Negotiation Committee, formed in Riyadh, for the impasse in bringing the sides together as it “holds a non-constructive position”. He said it has “put forward no proposals and only offers the ultimatum.”

The situation in Syria has been improved with the implementation of the ceasefire which sees some militant groups take a turn towards negotiations. The Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front were excluded from the truce which has seen advances by the Syrian army and some opposition groups against terrorist organisations.

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