Lavrov: Foreign players should encourage ceasefire in Syria

All the foreign players, who have influence on Syrian sides, should urge the beginning of the political settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a meeting with UN/LAS Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Moscow on Monday.

"Hopefully, today's negotiations will entail additional steps, which will assist in the termination of the bloodshed and the beginning of negotiations," Lavrov said.

"All the foreign players, who have influence on various Syrian groups, either governmental or opposition, and the opposition is far from being homogeneous, should send the same message: they should not encourage a side to continue the violence and bloodshed, instead they should advocate the need for immediate ceasefire and political process," he said.

"Hence, the main task is to force the fighting Syrians to stop shooting and to begin negotiations," he said.

Russia "aims at comprehensive assistance in the UN and LAS appeasement efforts and the beginning of the political dialogue on principles coordinated at the Action Group for Syria meeting in Geneva on June 30," Lavrov stressed.

Lavrov said he had compared positions with Brahimi and agreed "that the document (the Geneva Communique) retained its significance of the most detailed position of the international community to the elaboration of which practically all the main foreign actors had contributed."

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