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Russia endorses Iran’s 6-point proposal on Syria
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(90).jpgTEHRAN – Russia has announced that it agrees with the six-point proposal that Iran has put forward to help resolve the 21-month-old crisis in Syria, according to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. 
The proposal was originally announced on October 14, when Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi delivered it to Lakhdar Brahimi, the new UN-Arab League joint special envoy on Syria, during a meeting in Tehran. 
In the proposal, whose details were released on December 16, Iran has called for a halt to all acts of violence in Syria, the distribution of humanitarian aid among the people affected by the crisis which requires the lifting of economic sanctions against the country, national dialogue followed by the establishment of a transitional government agreed by all sides and free parliamentary and presidential elections, release of those arrested for peaceful political activities and a fair trial of criminals, an end to the campaign of misinformation against Syria, and the establishment of a committee to assess the damage to the country’s infrastructure. 
Speaking in Moscow, Amir-Abdollahian, who is the deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, said that Russian officials were informed about the details of the plan and announced their agreement with the plan, the Persian service of the Fars News Agency reported on Wednesday.  
He added, “We believe that it is the Syrian people, and not outsiders…, who will eventually emerge victorious from the conflict. Only those groups who have credibility and enjoy popularity will achieve victory.”   
Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian stated that the dispatch of UN peacekeeping forces to Syria is “impractical”. 
“What can change the internal situation in Syria is the decision to not send peacekeeping forces to the country.” 
He also stated that the shipment of weapons to the Arab country should be halted because it only complicates matters further. 
According to the report, the Iranian deputy foreign minister also announced that the second Syrian national dialogue meeting is scheduled to be held in Damascus in the next few days. 
The first Syrian national dialogue meeting was held on the theme of “No to Violence, Yes to Democracy” in Tehran on November 18 and 19. 
About 200 Syrian citizens, including religious leaders, party leaders, political figures, tribal chiefs, and representatives of Syrian opposition groups, as well as representatives from Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, and a number of other countries, had attended the meeting.

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Last Updated on 19 December 2012 17:58