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Syria: political solution (Q&A - Excerpt from the daily press briefing - March 14, 2013)

Q : Top U.S. diplomat, John Kerry, is calling for negotiations between President Assad and the Syrian opposition within the framework of the Geneva agreement. In this respect, he shares Russia’s position. What’s your position regarding these negotiations? Have you made any progress with your allies in selecting the Syrian figures who could be included in these negotiations?

A : The Syrian tragedy can only be resolved through a political solution which involves initiating dialogue between the opposition and the members of the regime who don’t have blood on their hands. This is in line with the proposal made by Moaz al-Khatib, the leader of the Syrian National Coalition which we support. It’s clear that the Syrian regime will not be able survive these two years of revolution and that Bashar al-Assad cannot be part of these discussions because of the crimes that he has committed, which have been classified as war crimes and crimes against humanity by the UN Human Rights Council.

In order to achieve this we’re in close and continuous contact with our Russian, American and European partners, in coordination with the Syrian National Coalition and Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi. Two years after the start of the Syrian revolution and a tragedy that has resulted in a death toll of over 70,000 and a million refugees, there’s an urgent need to establish this dialogue.



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