Russia, the United States and the UN are urging the Syrian authorities and opposition to agree on ceasing fire and exchanging prisoners prior to the Geneva-2 international conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon not to be guided by "ideological reasoning" in making decisions about sending invitations to the Geneva-2 conference on Syria.
The UN expects progress in exchanging prisoners and on a ceasefire agreement between the Syrian conflict parties prior to the Geneva-2 international conference, Arab League and UN Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent invitations to participants in the Geneva-2 conference and the Syrian government has already provided a list of members of its delegation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after negotiations with his US counterpart John Kerry.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he is hoping that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will send invitations to all external participants on which the solution to the conflict in Syria depends, including Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Iran should take part in Geneva talks, it was invited, UN Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said.
US to approve Iran's participation in Geneva-2, if Teheran confirms readiness to follow strictly conference purposes - Kerry
Russia, US to signal to conflicting sides in Syria to reach at least local cease-fire deals - Lavrov
The UN Secretary General has sent invitations to all Geneva-2 participants and the Syrian government has agreed and listed its delegation members, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
The Syrian opposition is ready to provide lists in order to exchange prisoners with the country's authorities, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
The Syrian authorities are ready to assist in providing access for humanitarian aid in the country and have informed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of this, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
Kerry discusses prisoner exchange with Lavrov, says Syrian opposition ready to prepare prisoner lists
Russia, US completely agree that resolving Syrian crisis should be peaceful, military interference is inacceptable - Kerry
The trilateral meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Arab League and UN Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi has begun in Paris. The parties are discussing preparations for the Geneva-2 international conference, which will open in Switzerland's Montreux on January 22.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem will visit Russia ahead of the Geneva-2 peace talks on the crisis due to begin in Switzerland later this month, Damascus's ambassador to Moscow said Monday. "He will be in Moscow prior to Geneva-2," Riyad Haddad said without specifying the date.
Syrian opposition groups are not asking for negotiations and are not very enthusiastic about Geneva process that is supposed to take place on 22, January. One of the problems is that there are a lot of different opposition groups operating in the country and there has been no unity between them from the start of the uprising. That is the reason why the hopes of the peace conference on Syria are limited, and it is better to reach small agreements instead of a big one, Aron Lund, the editor of Syria in Crisis and the author of several reports and books on the Syrian opposition movement, told in an exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia.