03-08-12

Syria: Western Countries Done Nothing to Start Dialogue in Syria

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Russian Foreign Ministry: Western Countries, Syrian Opposition Done Nothing to Start Dialogue in Syria

Aug 03, 2012

Russian Foreign Ministry said the western countries and the Syrian opposition have done nothing for the political dialogue to start in Syria.

In a statement published on its website on Friday, the Ministry added that the western partners and some regional countries who could influence the opposition have done nothing towards this, rather they were continuing provision of political, technical and financial aid to the opposition's armed groups and thus encouraging them to further reject dialogue.

The Ministry stressed that these countries have not committed themselves to the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the Geneva meeting.

The statement said Russia gave all support to Annan and worked with the Syrian government and opposition with the aim of encouraging full cooperation to implement Annan's peace plan.

The Ministry added that Russia's commitment to Geneva meeting resolutions demands that it continue work with the Syrian sides for complete implementation of these resolutions.

Russian Foreign Ministry Source: Moscow Made Its Best Effort to Support Annan's Plan

Earlier, a Russia Foreign Ministry sourec on Friday said Russia has made its best effort to support the mission of the UN envoy Kofi Annan to resolve the crisis in Syria and has no information about who the possible successor of Annan might be.

"We regret Annan's resignation, but efforts must continue," Russian IRAR-TASS news agency quoted the source as saying.

The source noted that Russia has put all its efforts to support the international envoy's plan, citing the several Russian political initiatives made in this regard particularly those presented at the Security Council.

The source stressed that "diplomatic efforts should continue in the current situation as there is no other way out," pointing out that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon plans to appoint a new special envoy, "which is right and a necessary step."

The Russian source told ITAR-TASS that Russia has no information about who could be appointed as the new envoy, considering it very important for the UN observer mission to remain in Syria being the only unbiased source of information about what is taking place in the country.

He highlighted the mission's role in the issue of humanitarian aid despite the difficulties facing it.

Gatilov: UNSMIS Affirmed that Syrian Opposition is Using Heavy Weaponry

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Friday said that the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) affirmed that the Syrian opposition is using heavy weaponry.

Russia Today quoted Gatilov as saying that the observers stressed that the Syrian opposition is also making acts that provoke military operations.

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