Russia argues that Geneva communique opponents in fact encouraging bloodshed in Syria

Those who have blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria based on the Geneva communique will bear responsibility for the further developments in this country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"We proposed that the UN Security Council adopt a resolution that would endorse the Geneva communique as the basis for negotiations on beginning a transition period, but this proposal has been blocked. Those who are opposing the implementation of the Geneva communique are assuming huge responsibility," Lavrov said at the UN General Assembly session in New York on Friday.

"By insisting that only the government must cease fire and encouraging the opposition to step up combat actions, they are in fact pushing Syria further toward the abyss of a bloody strife," he said.

At the same time, Russia is convinced that there are still chances for collective actions, Lavrov said. "Russia will do all it can to promote success of the mission" of UN/Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, he said.

The ongoing transformations in Middle Eastern countries "should not move the resolution of the Palestine problem to the background," he added.

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