Brahimi arrives in Moscow for talks on Syria
The updated plan, based on the Geneva communiqué, provides for setting up a transitional government, but it’s still unclear if this kind of government will comprise Bashar al-Assad.
The irreconcilable opposition in the person of the Doha-formed National Coalition for Revolutionary and Opposition Forces is dead against the Syrian President.
The coalition leaders have already contacted Russia via the Russian Embassy in Cairo, Sergei Lavrov said.
He pointed out that Moscow is disappointed at the coalition’s statement about its adherence to the idea of overthrowing the Damascus regime and dismantling all Syrian state institutions.
The First Deputy Syrian Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad, paid a visit to Moscow yesterday.
Syria peace envoy to arrive in Moscow for talks
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN and Arab League special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will discuss a range of issues in Moscow pertaining to resolving the situation in Syria.
This was announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich. According to him, talks will focus on Brahimi’s efforts aimed at ending the violence in Syria and launching a national dialogue between the government and the opposition.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Minister said that the Syrian authorities should maximally concretize their readiness for negotiations.
The international community should "not incite either side to continue bloodshed, and refrain from setting preconditions," said Lavrov.
The warring sides should be encouraged to move in the direction of a truce, said the minister.
Voice of Russia, RIA
UN and League of Arab States special envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi hopes that the armed conflict in this country will be resolved next year. This was announced by the official spokesperson for the UN Secretary General, Martin Nesirky.
Thus he refuted media speculations that Brahimi, arriving in Moscow on December 29, would discuss possibility of a transfer of power to the new government in 2014.
There had been information in the press that Russia and the U.S. had allegedly developed a settlement plan providing for Bashar al-Assad’s retaining his post until the end of 2014. According to Nesirky, Brahimi believes a power transfer should be carried out in Syria as soon as possible.
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry also denied rumors of a joint plan between Moscow and Washington on this issue. According to the Ministry’s official spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, Russia proceeds from the assumption there is no alternative to the international accords reached in Geneva.
Voice of Russia, TASS