MOSCOW, March 12. Information in the media about the discussion of Russia and West of federalization in Syria is untrue, Moscow, Russia this idea is not voiced.
The truce in Syria has entered a third week, giving a chance to the negotiations in Geneva
This was announced by the special envoy of the Russian President for the Middle East and North Africa, Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
“This is complete nonsense. We do not voice ideas, these ideas should sound the Syrians themselves, they have to discuss among themselves (the government – approx.ed.) and to negotiate,” he said.
Bogdanov recalled that discuss the polity of the country should the Syrians themselves.
“The question of government should be resolved by Syrians, they should draw up the Constitution for their own country and there to define what will be the system of power,” he explained.
“We believe that it is best to preserve the unity of territory and people, we are not interfering in it and does not defined its position,” – said Bogdanov.
Earlier some mass media with reference to close to UN epistocracy reported that Russia and some Western powers are discussing the question of the federalization of Syria as an opportunity to preserve the territorial integrity of this country.
In Moscow, is optimistic about the beginning and the prospects of mediated Syrian peace talks in Geneva, scheduled for March 14, said Bogdanov.
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“We’re always optimists. What is resolution, a common understanding of the International support group Syria – it is grounds for optimism”, – he told, answering a question about the forthcoming talks.
To establish direct contacts between the opposition and government of Syria will be possible only after the formation of a single group from the opposition, added Bogdanov.
“(the direct negotiations will start – approx .ed.TASS) when the opposition will unite and will be a common position and a common delegation,” said a senior diplomat.
“Now, when in parallel, several delegations (from the Syrian opposition – approx.ed.TASS), it is a challenging task to a special envoy of UN Secretary General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura,” – said Bogdanov.
As expected, the talks between the opposition and the Syrian government under the mediation of special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura will begin in Geneva on 14 March.
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