Lavrov blames militants for Syria aid supply problem

Lavrov blames militants for Syria aid supply problem
Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:18:44

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blams foreign-backed militants in Syria for difficulties in delivering humanitarian aid to Syrian people.

In an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily on Monday, Lavrov said there are currently about 100 different militant groups in Syria, “including hardcore terrorists who have been put on relevant lists” linked to al-Qaeda terrorist group.

He said these militant groups often clash with the so-called opposition of Free Syrian Army and with rival militant groups.

“Humanitarian aid becomes bounty in which they are interested,” he said. “At this stage, the key problems in its delivery are being created by militants.”

Earlier the Syrian opposition said an international conference on Syria, dubbed Geneva 2, is possible if humanitarian corridors are opened to areas controlled by Syrian authorities. But the Syrian government has agreed to take part in the conference only if there are no set preconditions.

“The fact that the opposition, having agreed to attend the talks, is now setting some kind of humanitarian breakthrough as a condition for its participation is somewhat surprising and causes concern,” Lavrov said, adding that the Geneva 2 conference will never take place if the parties insist on waiting for ideal conditions.

International negotiations are currently underway to reach an agreement on the framework for peace talks on Syria to be held in Geneva that would involve all sides in the Syrian conflict as well as world powers.

Lavrov also expressed concern that the Syrian opposition would receive weapons via humanitarian corridors should they appear.

“As practice shows, in nearly all cases, such corridors are used to transport not only humanitarian aid, but also weapons, money, and other forms of support to opponents of the government,” he said.


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