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AL chief says triple meeting on Syria brings nothing new

11-05-2012 07:15 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

CAIRO, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Triple meeting among Arab League's chief Nabil al-Arabi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Lakhdar Brahimi, joint special representative of the United Nations and the Arab League on Syria, didn't bring new agreement to solve the Syrian crisis, Arabi said on Sunday.

Following the meeting, Arabi said in a mutual press conference, "we discussed all sides of the situation in Syria, and the results of Geneva meeting and each party spoke about the necessity to go forward, but there is nothing new".

According to the Geneva agreement reached by all world powers in June, a transitional governing body must be formed on the basis of mutual agreement between the government and the opposition.

"Ceasefire enjoys great interest, and we feel the importance of time, and the necessity of stopping bloodshed in Syria", added Arabi.

A ceasefire initiative by UN-AL Brahimi during Eid al-Adha, a Muslims' four-day festival has been strained by consistent fighting between rebels and government forces.

Lavrov said in the press conference, "we supported noble aspirations of the Arab peoples, but we shouldn't allow those aspirations to be exploited, otherwise the region will be turned into points for terrorism, weapon trafficking and drugs."

Lavrov accused the countries which only work with the Syrian opposition of not sticking to Geneva Communique, adding those countries encouraged the opposition parties for armed struggle till victory which will lead to negative consequences.

Meanwhile, Brahimi said "the situation in Syria is very serious and we agree with the Russian foreign minister that there is no military solution for the Syrian crisis," noting "the solution should be political with the consensus of all, otherwise the crisis will expand to reach the neighboring countries."

Brahimi asked for translating Geneva announcement into a resolution by the Security Council to become a political project.

"We should determine the priorities topped by stopping violence, convincing the Syrian parties to cease fire and sitting for negotiations according to Geneva communique," added Lavrov.

He added "Russia is the only country which works with all Syrian parties to stop violence and move to the negotiations table to form the interim governing authority".

Answering a question about the possibility that Russia will agree on a resolution by the Security Council to stop violence, Lavrov said "we may not need any resolution if we adhere to Geneva communique," adding "this document said all Syrian must stop blood shedding".

Some western and regional countries aim at issuing a decision by Security Council to pave the way for toppling the Syrian regime, which requires more blood, added Lavrov.

Lavrov asserted no military solution for the Syrian crisis " which will influence the situation in the whole Islamic world".

He reiterated "the Syrian crisis shouldn't lead us to forget the congested regional issues likewise the Palestinian cause, and the situation in Libya, and establishing an area free from mass destruction weapons in the Middle East."

Lavrov also noted the first Arab-Russian cooperation forum at the ministerial level is scheduled to be held by the end of this year.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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