Powers should induce sides in Syrian to dialogue

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Publish Date: 10:09 - 25 October 2014
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Moscow urges external players to induce the sides in Syrian conflict to dialogue to stabilize the situation in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.
"The recent situation in Syria has been characterized by a sharp rise in activities of the 'Islamic State' terrorist group," Lavrov said.

"The flywheel of violence is uncoiling. Human casualties are growing, many vital infrastructure facilities are being destroyed and millions of people have been internally displaced or have become refugees in neighboring countries," the Russian foreign minister went on to say.
   
He is convinced that this bloody internal conflict "cannot be resolved by force."   Straight from the outset, Russia has been pursuing a
consistent policy aimed at peaceful settlement, Lavrov said.
   
"We believe that the Syrian people should decide the future of their country themselves via an inclusive national dialogue without any foreign interference," the Russian foreign minister emphasized.
   
"The task of external participants is to encourage the sides in Syrian conflict to continue efforts to search for a common denominator with an aim to end violence and stabilize the situation in the country," Lavrov said.
   
Moscow will continue helping the Syrians "to find political solutions that are suitable to them." 

"We are ready to continue our joint work with partners in the interests of achieving comprehensive political settlement on the basis of full implementation of the Geneva communiqu adopted on June 30, 2012," Lavrov said.

TASS
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