Attempts made to distort meaning of Syria peace talks: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says numerous “attempts” have been made to “distort” the meaning of an initiative for the Geneva 2 conference aimed at finding a political solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

“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.

The Geneva 2 conference initiative was proposed by Russia and the US on May 7. The date of the long-delayed event has changed many times as Syria’s foreign-backed opposition coalition remains divided over participating in the meeting.

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.

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

On October 24, President Assad cast doubt on the success of the upcoming meeting as “factors are not yet in place” for the event.

“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.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the US and Saudi Arabia, along with their Western and regional allies, are supporting the Takfiri groups operating inside the country.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the violence.

By Press TV


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