Saturday, November 3, 2012

Russia warns West on Syria

RUSSIA has warned that the "bloodbath" in Syria will continue if the West sticks to its demand for President Bashar al-Assad's ouster. 

 "If the position of our partners remains the departure of this leader who they do not like, the bloodbath will continue," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.
The nearly 20-month conflict in Syria has killed 36,000 people according to activists.
Fabius also said France and Russia failed to bridge their differences over Assad's role in any future transition government.
"Yes, there is a difference of assessment on the presence of Bashar al-Assad in a transition government," he said after a meeting of the French and Russian foreign and defence ministers in Paris.
In July, world powers agreed in Geneva on a plan for a transition in Syria which did not make an explicit call for Assad to quit power although the West swiftly made clear it saw no role for him in any unity government.
 
However Assad's allies in Beijing and Moscow insist that it is up to Syrians themselves to determine their future without foreign interference.
UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told Moscow on Monday that what he branded a civil war in Syria was going from bad to worse after a failed four-day truce for a Muslim holiday last week.
Lavrov for his part called on the West and regional players including Turkey to start negotiating with Assad as well as the opposition to pave the way for a political solution in Syria.
Lavrov on Wednesday however highlighted common positions taken by France and Russia, including the "desire to see a stop to the conflict, the need to avert an international contagion and the fact that the different communities need to coexist.
"We all the forces of opposition to unite," he said, adding that other common stands included "maintaining the rights of minorities" and religious equality.

 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Russia warns West on Syria

RUSSIA has warned that the "bloodbath" in Syria will continue if the West sticks to its demand for President Bashar al-Assad's ouster. 

 "If the position of our partners remains the departure of this leader who they do not like, the bloodbath will continue," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.
The nearly 20-month conflict in Syria has killed 36,000 people according to activists.
Fabius also said France and Russia failed to bridge their differences over Assad's role in any future transition government.
"Yes, there is a difference of assessment on the presence of Bashar al-Assad in a transition government," he said after a meeting of the French and Russian foreign and defence ministers in Paris.
In July, world powers agreed in Geneva on a plan for a transition in Syria which did not make an explicit call for Assad to quit power although the West swiftly made clear it saw no role for him in any unity government.
 
However Assad's allies in Beijing and Moscow insist that it is up to Syrians themselves to determine their future without foreign interference.
UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told Moscow on Monday that what he branded a civil war in Syria was going from bad to worse after a failed four-day truce for a Muslim holiday last week.
Lavrov for his part called on the West and regional players including Turkey to start negotiating with Assad as well as the opposition to pave the way for a political solution in Syria.
Lavrov on Wednesday however highlighted common positions taken by France and Russia, including the "desire to see a stop to the conflict, the need to avert an international contagion and the fact that the different communities need to coexist.
"We all the forces of opposition to unite," he said, adding that other common stands included "maintaining the rights of minorities" and religious equality.