english.ruvr.ru – Syrian opposition ready to take part in conference – resolution
The Syrian opposition will take part in the international conference on Syria, if the international community sets a concrete date for the settlement of the current conflict.
This came in a resolution that was adopted Wednesday, at a meeting of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces in Istanbul.
Russia Today – Russia blasts US double standards over Syrian peace progress
The US-Russian initiative for a comprehensive peace conference to resolve the Syrian crisis needs honest effort of those involved. But some nations apparently try to undermine the effort to call the meeting, says the Russia’s foreign minister.
On Wednesday, the US, Turkey and Qatar pushed through a UN resolution condemning the Syrian government for the alleged use of foreign fighters against rebel forces in the battle for the strategic town of Qusair.
The document calls for an investigation into the matter as well as more aid access and protections for the civilian population of Syria.
Earlier that day, the Russian foreign minister warned against the resolution, which he says may threaten a peaceful resolution to the Syrian conflict.
“To my great astonishment we have learned that in addition to the sponsors of this draft resolution the US delegation is promoting most vigorously this very unhelpful idea. I asked [US State Secretary] John Kerry about it in Paris, and apparently he was not aware of this situation. He promised to handle it, but I don’t know whether he managed to do it,” Lavrov said.
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nyhetsbanken.se – EU-beslutet olagligt
Rysslands utrikesminister Sergej Lavrov fördömer EU: s senaste drag som ”en olaglig” beslut.
”Det här är ett olagligt beslut. Att seriöst på officiell nivå diskutera om man ska leverera eller inte leverera vapen till icke-statliga aktörer strider mot alla normer i internationell rätt”, säger Lavrov.
Han påminde om avtalet om vapenhandel, Global Arms Trade Treaty, som säger att ”vapen ska lämnas till regeringar och endast med krav på ett slutanvändarintyg”.
Mairead Maguire – Report and Appeal – mussalaha del Syria
Report and Appeal to the International community to support a process of dialogue and reconciliation in Syria between its people and Syrian government and reject outside intervention and war.
EU’s decision to lift arms ban threatens security of entire region