The Ministerial talks on Syria in Lausanne discussed several ideas and agreed to continue contacts, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
“There are a few ideas that were discussed today in this circle, representing a fairly powerful country that can influence the situation, has agreed to continue contacts in the coming days based on certain agreements that will help to promote a settlement,” he said (quoted by TASS).
In turn, the U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry after the meeting said that the two sides reached consensus on a number of obligations that could lead to a ceasefire in Syria, Reuters reports. However, he added that while the negotiations were tense and difficult moments. The Secretary said, “the parties could form a few different approaches” at the end of Saturday’s meeting.
Kerry also said that the next meeting of Ministers will be held on Monday, October 17.
The Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said following the meeting the parties came to the conclusion that we must begin political negotiations for a final solution to the problem. The opposition and government forces should Express their vision of the solution to the situation, the newspaper HaberTurk.
Cavusoglu also said that should progress the fight against Islamic state (a terrorist organization banned in Russia). The Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey noted that the parties had reached agreement on the ceasefire and delivery of humanitarian assistance.
The meeting was attended, in addition to Lavrov and Kerry, special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura, as well as Ministers of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. The key issue was the settlement of the military conflict in Syria. The Agency “RIA Novosti” noted that the parties did not adopt any final document.
Wednesday, October 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed by telephone the situation in Syria with his French counterpart Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They noted that it is important to coordinate efforts to fight terrorism and expressed hope that the Ministerial meeting “will be effective from the point of view of the real contribution to settlement in Syria.”