Russian foreign minister urges Syrian opposition not to hamper chemical disarmament

Moscow hopes that supporters of the Syrian opposition will refrain from taking any steps that might disrupt the country's chemical weapons disarmament process in order to revive discussions on possible foreign intervention in Syria.

Moscow hopes that supporters of the Syrian opposition will refrain from taking any steps that might disrupt the country's chemical weapons disarmament process in order to revive discussions on possible foreign intervention in Syria.

"We are hopeful that those who have an immediate influence on different opposition groups will resolutely insist on the unacceptability of any provocations able to disrupt this chemical disarmament and once again trigger discussions of a need for foreign intervention," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in his speech at the East Asia Summit in Brunei.

Lavrov also said he was troubled by the current humanitarian situation in Syria.

"Following the adoption of the chemical disarmament resolution, the UN Security Council approved the chairman's comprehensive statement, which was devoted entirely to the task of easing the suffering of the civilian population and improving the humanitarian situation in Syria. It also demands a solution to the issue of assistance to Syrian refugees, whose numbers already stand at some two million," the Russian minister said.

"But twice as many people - approximately four million - are internally displaced persons who need support as well. The mechanisms formulated by the UN Security Council fully meet the norms of international humanitarian law. I believe that if all those involved in this work honestly follow these principles, this will help actually relieve the suffering of the Syrian population," he said.

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