Lavrov Rejects French Plans for Opposition Conference

Russian FM says proposed opposition conference organized by Paris will hinder any upcoming Syrian-Syrian peace talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that France’s call for a conference involving countries which support the Syrian opposition will hinder UN resolutions on holding a Syrian-Syrian dialogue.

In a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, Lavrov said that holding such a conference will prevent achieving the basic goal which is starting a comprehensive intra-Syrian dialogue including the Assad government and all “opposition” groups.

Lavrov called upon France to work according to the UN-backed resolutions for settling the crisis in Syria and abandon its “comprehensive war against the Syrian government or the attempts to isolate it.”

On Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announced that France will organize a meeting of the Western and Arab countries which back what he called “moderate opposition” in Syria.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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