Lavrov: So many games played around Syria talks

Lavrov: So many games played around Syria talks
Sat Nov 2, 2013 18:24:50

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says numerous attempts have been made to distort the meaning of the Geneva 2 peace talks on Syria aimed at ending the deadly war in the Arab country.

“There are too many games around this initiative. There are attempts if not to derail the process completely, then to distort the meaning, to send it off onto the path that is too unrealistic and will prove to be a dead end,” Lavrov said on Saturday.

Russia and some Western countries have been trying to bring the two sides of the Syria conflict to the negotiating table to find a solution to the 30-month-old conflict, which has killed more than 115,000 people.

Syrian government has announced its readiness for the talks without any pre-conditions while the western-backed opposition which his suffering from deep internal conflicts has been refusing to attend, citing different excuses.

The so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) says it will not take part in the proposed meeting if President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation is not on the table. The group is expected to meet on November 9 to decide whether to take part in the talks.

The SNC, having two al-Qaeda-linked militant groups on its side to fight the Syrian army, has lost many of its followers due to the presence of al-Qaeda while it has also seen some of its armed groups join the al-Qaeda.

On October 27, over 20 foreign-backed Takfiri groups operating inside Syria rejected the Geneva 2 conference, which is expected to be held later in November.

President Assad has cast doubt on the success of the upcoming meeting following opposition’s altering stance.

“Which forces are taking part? What relation do these forces have with the Syrian people? Do these forces represent the Syrian people, or do they represent the states that invented them?” he asked.

The war in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following intervention of western and regional states.

According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.


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