Lavrov: Russia Feels that Solving Crisis in Syria Started to Move on from Point of Inertness.
Upon his arrival from Brussels on Tuesday, Lavrov said that Russia feels that dialogue is gaining priority in the speeches of those who up until recently had been rejecting Russia's calls for negotiations between the government and the opposition by insisting on having the stepping down of President Bashar al-Assad as a precondition for any communication.
"Now we don't hear such preconditions, and this is a development that can be welcomed," he added, saying that despite that other preconditions have been issued by both the government and the opposition, but the issue has moved on from the point of inertness.
Lavrov said that the goal of foreign players and the international community in general in contacting all sides of the crisis is to make sure that preconditions don't hinder the dialogue, and that the most important thing is for all sides to sit at the dialogue table.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that Moscow believes that the recent suggestions of referring the Syrian crisis issue in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be unconstructive.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Gatilov said that talk of pressing charges and referring the case to the ICC constitutes an unconstructive step, stressing that attempts to blame the government alone are unjust as both the government and the opposition are responsible for what is happening in Syria.
He affirmed that the opposition is still committing serious human rights violation, saying that what is needed now is to end violence, launch political process and establish stability, adding that it's possibly to speak with cautious optimism about achieving potential progress in launching dialogue between the government and the opposition.
Gatilov reiterated that dialogue is the foremost thing that Russia calls for and that Russia's position in this regard is firm, reiterating the need to stop violence by all sides in Syria.
He said that Moscow always sought to implement the Geneva statement, but for various reasons it wasn't possible to bring representatives of the government and the opposition to the dialogue table, hoping that this will be achieved despite it not being easy.
In another context, Gatilov said that Russia sends equipment to Syria legally and as per prior contracts, and that Russia never tried to keep this a secret.
Gatilov said that arming the Syrian opposition doesn't help achieve stability; rather it leads to the continuation of violence and more deaths.
He stressed that the Geneva statement isn't being implemented simply because some of the partners in the Geneva meeting shirked their obligations, responding to the statement of UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Ibrahimi on the need to alter the Geneva statement or find a new formula by affirming the need to implement the existing statement.
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|Date:||Feb 26, 2013|
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