The setting of preconditions for the Geneva II international peace conference for Syria aims at hindering or even disrupting that conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"Conditions will never be ideal. Some say we should wait until a certain military balance is attained on [that] territory or until any external assistance to any side ceases or until President al-Assad sets the date of his resignation and some other set of preconditions. All of this is being done with the unseemly purpose of hindering or even obstructing the conference," Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.
Russia and the United States have a single position, which was confirmed during the latest meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, he said. The two states believe that the conference should be held without preconditions.
"To wait until these conditions materialize practically means to let things remain idle," he said.
The Al Jazeera Arabic television network said on Tuesday quoting Free Syrian Army Commander Salim Idriss that his men would take no part in the Geneva II conference and would not cease fire during the period in which the conference would be held.
"Conditions are not suitable for running the Geneva II talks at the given date and we, as a military and revolutionary force, will not participate in the conference," Idriss said.
"We will not stop combat at all during the Geneva conference or after it, and what concerns us is getting needed weapons for our fighters," he told Al Jazeera television.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday that the Geneva II international peace conference for Syria would take place on January 22, Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky wrote on Twitter. Read more>>>
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