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Damascus urges opposition to start talks

2012-08-22 01:16:24 GMT2012-08-22 09:16:24(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Damascus is prepared to immediately start a political dialogue with the opposition with the aim of achieving agreement between all Syrians, the Russian Foreign Ministry declared on Tuesday commenting on the results of the talks between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Syrian government delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil.

The sides confirmed their interest in stopping the violence in Syria and turning the internal crisis into a political process. They stressed that there was no alternative to a settlement on the basis of respective resolutions of the UN Security Council, Kofi Annan’s plan and the Geneva Action Group for Syria final communiqué.

The participants in the talks expressed hope that the newly appointed UN and Arab League special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi would rely on the existing and agreed upon ‘roadmap’ of the Syrian settlement.

(Agencies)

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