|Russia, U.S. to use every opportunity to find political solution in Syria: Lavrov||
Russia and the United States are making efforts to use every opportunity to find a political solution in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
“There are sprouts of hope that the government and opposition have begun seriously talking about the necessity of dialogue, but with some conditions,” Lavrov told reporters in Brussels, RIA Novosti reported.
“We discussed how to help [the parties] not to make those preliminary conditions an obstacle on the way to such dialogue,” the Russian foreign minister said.
On Sunday, Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the Syrian issue on telephone.
Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador to Lebanon called for the start of a political process to establish peace in Syria.
Alexander Zasypkin made the remarks at a meeting with a delegation of Lebanese political and civil society leaders in Beirut on Monday.
He said a political solution is needed to restore stability in the country, adding, "Foreign sides should halt supporting and financing armed groups that are sabotaging Syria, as a prelude to the start of the internal political process."
A political solution “meets at the same time the aspirations of the Syrian people for prosperity and the progress away from violence,” Zasypkin added.
Russian officials have consistently said that any decision on ending the crisis in Syria should be made by Syrians themselves and all parties should be included in the process.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011.
Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence, and several international human rights organizations say the insurgents have committed war crimes.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.
Damascus also says the insurgents are supported by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
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|Last Updated on 19 February 2013 17:51|