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US trying to force in counterproductive resolution against Syria – Russian FM

12 February 2014, 23:20

US peremptory claims about Syria being to blame for the aggravation of the humanitarian crisis and its assessment of Russia's activities is clearly an attempt to create conditions for forcing in a counterproductive resolution, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Wednesday.

'This is another attempt to misinform the international community and create a background for forcing in an unbalanced and counterproductive resolution through the UN Security Council,' Lukashevich said answering the media questions in connection with US President Obama's statements on Syrian issues made at a joint press-conference with French President Francois Hollande.

Earlier the US President insisted on the Syrian government's responsibility for the aggravation of the humanitarian crisis in that country and for the failure of the approved schedule of the elimination of chemical weapons. Obama also said that Russia should see to it that Syria complies with the commitment to place chemical weapons under international control.

US tendentiously distorts Russia's position on Syria – Moscow

Despite having full information about what is happening in Syria on the humanitarian and disarmament tracks, the United States for some unclear reason tendentiously distorts Russia's position on Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement on Wednesday.

He stressed that Russian-US partnership on Syria had played a crucial role in launching a political settlement on the basis of the Geneva Communique, which was signed on June 30, 2012.

Earlier, US President Barack Obama, at a joint press conference after talks with French President Francois Hollande, held the Syrian government responsible for the worsening humanitarian crisis and for the disruption of the agreed schedule for Syria's chemical weapons disarmament.

'The truce in Homs and Yarmouk has been repeatedly disturbed due to provocations by militants, who opened fire on humanitarian convoys, which was confirmed by UN and OPCW representatives. The desire to pass the buck is behind this yet another attempt to misinform the international public and create the necessary propaganda background for pushing an unbalanced and counterproductive 'humanitarian' resolution through the UN Security Council,' Lukashevich said.

Geneva-2: Syrian opposition presents its plan of Syrian settlement

Syria's opposition has presented a 22-point document on the settlement of the conflict, a member of the National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces (NCORF), Louay Safi, said on Wednesday.

'We've presented the document in order to achieve the political settlement of the crisis. A transition governing body is indispensable for this purpose,' Safi said.

'The document includes provisions on ceasefire, the exchange of prisoners etc,' the opposition member said, adding that the government's delegation had not responded yet.

Geneva peace talks must discuss terrorism first - Syria gov't

The Syrian government delegation to peace talks in Geneva said on Wednesday that negotiations must focus first on fighting terrorism before any other issue was discussed, state media reported.

Syria TV said the delegation also rejected parallel-track talks that would allow a simultaneous discussion of the opposition's priority of a transitional government, calling the proposal a 'fruitless' idea.

Brahimi insists on parallel discussions on terrorism, transition provisional body

UN/LAS Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will insist the problems of terrorism and a transition provisional body be discussed in parallel at the inter-Syrian talks, a well-informed diplomatic source told a Russian news agency.

At the moment there is an opportunity to make a start, the source said.

On Tuesday, February 11, Brahimi said these were very important issues.

'Violence and terrorism are what the Syrian people wants to put an end to and it is very important,' he said, adding 'This can't be done without reaching agreement what steps should be taken for the future of the country.'

Voice of Russia, TASS, Interfax, Reuters

Source: US-trying-to-force-in-counterproductive-resolution- against-Syria-Russian-FM-6685/

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