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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that those "egging on" the Syrian opposition are not facilitating the settlement process in Syria.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that those "egging on" the Syrian opposition are not facilitating the settlement process in Syria.

    “In Syria they want to solve the conflict with the government by egging on the opposition. That's no way to reach a settlement,” Lavrov said in Baku.

    The Syrian opposition is hoping for foreign intervention, because even if it were armed the opposition would not be strong enough to defeat the government forces.

    “Even if the Syrian opposition is armed to teeth it will not be able to beat the government forces. That is why they are relying on the involvement of external forces,” Lavrov said.

    Moscow will host a number of delegations from the Syrian opposition in the coming days.

    "Representatives of one of the opposition groups are coming (to Moscow) soon. A few days later another group from the internal opposition will arrive. It makes sense to convince them that we want to help solve this problem," he said.

    Lavrov said on April 2 that three Syrian opposition groups plan to visit Moscow.

    In late March the Russian Foreign Ministry called on the Syrian opposition to follow the lead of the government, which has accepted the proposals of UN special envoy Kofi Annan and Arab League to resolve the crisis.

    UN envoy Kofi Annan told a closed session of the UN Security Council on Monday that Syrian authorities had agreed to an April 10 deadline to begin implementing the so-called six-point peace plan.

    The plan calls for an immediate ceasefire by both government troops and opposition fighters, provision of humanitarian aid to those in need and launch of a broad Syrian dialogue without foreign intervention.

    More than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the breakout of a popular uprising against Assad in March 2011, the UN has estimated. The Syrian authorities blame the unrest on “armed terrorist gangs” affiliated with al-Qaeda.

     

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