The Russian foreign Ministry: convening the “group of friends of Syria” – an attempt to divert the process in one-sided formats

The Russian foreign Ministry: convening the “group of friends of Syria” – an attempt to divert the process in one-sided formats


MOSCOW, December 12. Moscow was surprised by the urgent convening December 14, the “group of friends of Syria.” This was stated by the Russian foreign Ministry following the meeting of the Syrian opposition in Riyadh.

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As noted in depodesta, now, after this meeting, “the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura, in accordance with the request of the International support group Syria (MGPS), should in the near future to bring together the results of all “sites” and to offer a balanced composition truly representative delegation from the opposition to establish a sustainable negotiation with representatives of the government of the CAP, as required by the provisions of the Geneva communiqué of 2012 and documents MGPS between 30 October and 14 November”.

The Russian foreign Ministry stressed that this task was entrusted to the special envoy of the UN. “Therefore, I cannot agree with the audience taken in Riyadh by a group attempting to usurp the right to speak on behalf of all Syrian opposition,” – said in depodesta.

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“Was surprised and urgent convocation on 14 December the “group of friends of Syria”, which is known for its commitment exhausted lines on the overthrow of the legitimate government in Damascus, said the Ministry. – Similar attempts to lead the process in a unilateral, non-inclusive formats harm the interests of the cause, undermines the authority MGPS, in which the cost of considerable effort managed to unite all of the key “external players”.

“Agreements must be respected”

It is noted that Moscow is ready to continue to work collectively within the framework of the International support group Syria with the participation of all its members.

“Russia is ready to continue to work collectively within MHPS with the participation of all its members with the aim of achieving consensus on complex issues relating to the establishment of conditions for the start of a truly national political process without preconditions”, – said the Russian foreign Ministry. In depodesta indicated that “all participants MGPS signed a key principle: only Syrian people can decide the fate of Syria. Agreements must be respected”.