MOSCOW, November 4. The start of a political process in Syria through dialogue between a wide range of opposition movements and the government will discuss in Moscow the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria-Staffan de Mistura.
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Visit de Mistura in Moscow will continue diplomatic efforts to settle the conflict in Syria, which began talks in Vienna on 23 October and 29-30 October. The results of the multilateral meeting on 30 October with the participation of 19 representatives of States and international organizations adopted a joint document in which it was stated, including that the process of political settlement will be held under the auspices of the UN. One of the main tasks de Mistura, according to the Vienna communiqué, is to promote direct negotiations between the opposition and authorities to form a special governing body. Expected to start work in this direction Mistura will brief Lavrov.
Partly on the efforts of the UN envoy on the track dialogue is already known: November 1, he visited Damascus, where he told the foreign Minister of Syria Walid Muallem on the outcome of discussions in Vienna. Now Moscow hopes to know the results of the contacts in Damascus from de Mistura. However, the Russian foreign Ministry repeatedly stated that the SAR government has regularly expressed its willingness to dialogue, and now it’s up to his opponents. In Vienna, it was agreed that the delegation of the SAR government should be as broad as possible, but as Lavrov said following the meeting on 30 October, its composition has not yet seen.
Contacts de Mistura in Moscow and Damascus not only develop the successes of previous meetings, but also paving the way to the next, which, according to the October 30 statement, to be held next week. Its date is not yet agreed. As noted by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, the parties to it must come with some groundwork. Discussion of the results of the efforts of de Mistura in recent days, possibly, will promote understanding in this matter.