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Russia Shuns Paris Meeting on Syria, France concerned

Topic: Protests in Syria

17:32 19/04/2012
MOSCOW/PARIS, April 19 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: Alexander Lukashevich, Syria, France, Paris, Russia

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Russia’s refusal to attend an international ministerial meeting on Syria in Paris on Thursday isolated the country from the Arab world and the international community.

“I’ve personally invited [Russian Foreign Minister Sergei] Mr. Lavrov, and I regret that Russia sticks to a policy that isolates it from both the Arab world and the international community,” Juppe told journalists in Paris.

Foreign ministers from 15 countries, including the United States, Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are expected to attend the Paris meeting, which was initiated by the French Foreign Ministry. Moscow declined to the invitation, describing the meeting as "one-sided," just as recent meetings of the so-called Friends of Syria group of countries in Tunisia and Turkey, because no representatives of the Syrian government have been invited.

“Russia’s approach to this kind of meeting is well-known,” he said. “This meeting is apparently aimed not at looking for the basis to launch inter-Syrian dialogue, but just the opposite, at deepening the divisions between the opposition and Damascus by encouraging the international isolation of the latter,” he said.

Juppe said on Wednesday the Paris talks were designed to “convey a message of firmness to Damascus,” as well to demonstrate support for the UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria. But Lukashevich said the initiative looked more like “destructive political amateurism."

His comments echoed Wednesday’s statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who criticized attempts by some countries to “privatize” internationally-backed efforts to end the more-than-year-long crisis in the Arab country. The statement came after Tuesday’s meeting on Syria held by a group of Arab League states in Qatar, some of whose participants raised doubts over the Syrian government’s commitment to the Annan peace plan. Annan himself attended the meeting.

Thursday's meeting in Paris will come just two days after the first meeting of the international working group on sanctions against the Syrian regime held in the French capital. Lukashevich said calls for new sanctions were “against consolidated decisions by the UN Security Council” regarding Annan’s mission.

More than 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad last March, according to UN estimates.

A fragile ceasefire has been in place in Syria for a week, although there have been reports of numerous violations of the truce by both government and opposition forces. A group of six UN observers have been deployed to Syria to monitor the ceasefire in line with a resolution approved by the Security Council last week, which provides for a 30-strong monitoring mission to be sent to the violence-hit Arab country.

On Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommended the Security Council approve a mission of 300 observers - 50 more than originally planned.

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  • yao.lonNice
    14:20, 19/04/2012
    Be strong Russia. China and I are on your side.
    • lmAwaiting Russia's Capitulation.
      19:22, 19/04/2012
      French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Russia’s refusal to attend an international ministerial meeting on Syria in Paris on Thursday isolated the country from the Arab world and the international community.
      “I’ve personally invited [Russian Foreign Minister Sergei] Mr. Lavrov, and I regret that Russia sticks to a policy that isolates it from both the Arab world and the international community,” Juppe told journalists in Paris.

      The West and NATO are playing on Russia conscience hoping the Kremlin suffers from a massive guilty feelings attack. Russia must not back down because the Western press is only waiting for Russia to capitulate and what a field day they would have on Russia a country who only talks but cannot go the distance. This is a tests for Russia should Russia succeed respect will be granted. However Assad must cooperate with Russia to the end without selling itself short.
    • bielecB.S.
      21:01, 19/04/2012
      Russia does not have to be a part of any informal group, since the UN Security Council is dealing with the situation in Syria. It is obvious that recent creation of such informal groups is motivated by a desire to step over the UNSC mandate.

      Quote: - "Russia sticks to a policy that isolates it from both the Arab world and the international community."

      I would rather say that Russia, using a truly smart dyplomacy, sticks to a policy that isolates it from armed robbers and international war criminals.
    • marknesopThe West is Relying on a Fake for Their Figures
      23:45, 19/04/2012
      As you can see in this letter;

      http://www.syriahr.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=638&Itemid=7

      Rami Abdulrahman is an alias for Osama Ali Suleiman. There is no such person, and Mr. Suleiman not only does not represent the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, he has been specifically asked to stop pretending he does. The figures he provides for casualties are unreliable, unverified by anyone and all come from anti-government activists. However, as seen here in Reuters

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/14/us-syria-observatory-idUSBRE82D0XW20120314

      "Rami Abdulrahman" is still recognized as the leader of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights and his word is still accepted as gospel although he is just a sattelite-dish salesman working out of his house in Coventry.

      I'm sure you've noticed all the supposed Syrian government atrocities and the soaring casualty figures are reported as "according to activists". It's as if the west is laying the groundwork now for plausible deniability later.
    • ruypenalvaBut the Syria capital is Paris?
      02:27, 20/04/2012
      Certainly I'm a little bit confused: Is it Paris the capital of Syria? Are Mr Juppe trying to find the Damascus track? Was Syria legal President invited to attend this meeting in the house of Lady Macbeth?

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