Lavrov: Russia, India, Iran stand for soonest convening Geneva-2 conference

NEW DELHI- Russia, India and China stand for the soonest convening of an international peace conference on Syria, the so-called Geneva-2, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday after talks with his counterparts from India and China, Salman Khurshid and Wang Yi, respectively, according to Itar Tass.

 “We share common approaches to the assessment of the situation in Syria, our friends actively support the efforts at peaceful settlement of the crisis on the basis of international law and avoiding the use of force,” Lavrov said. “We all stand for the soonest convening of the Geneva-2 conference. We have common approaches to the organization of the forum: it should be maximally representative.”

 “It is in our common interests to offer all-round assistance to the international inspectors concerning the implementation of the programme of Syria’s chemical disarmament,” the Russian foreign minister noted. “We also have common vision of the tasks of overcoming obstacles on the path of the settlement of the Iranian nuclear programme, on the path of getting back at the negotiating table on Korean Peninsula with a goal of ensuring its complete denuclearization.”


Al-Qaeda faction in Syria added to Canada’s official list of outlawed terrorist organizations

The government has placed the main Al-Qaeda faction in Syria on Canada’s official list of outlawed terrorist organizations, blaming it for attacks that have killed “scores” of civilians.

The designation of Jabhat Al-Nusra comes as dozens of Canadians are said to be fighting in Syria, some with extremist factions. The listing makes it easier for police to investigate the group’s links to Canada.

Jabhat Al-Nusra has claimed responsibility for nearly 600 terrorist attacks, including kidnappings, assassinations, car bombings and suicide bombings, according to Public Safety Canada.

The attacks have taken place in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and other major population centres. Jabhat Al-Nusra is one of hundreds of armed groups fighting to topple Syrian government.



U.S. Part of Crisis in Syria not Mediator- Russian Analyst

MOSCOW - The United States is part of the crisis in Syria not a mediator, so it can't work seriously to hold the International Conference on Syria (Geneva2), underscored Russian Political Analyst Vladimir Yevsiev, the Director of the Social and Political Studies Center in Russia.

In a recent statement to SANA Correspondent in Moscow, the Russian analyst said that the US should reconsider its relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel as these relations badly influence the American foreign policy.

"It is not possible to talk on holding the international conference on Syria while the United States pays great attention to its regional allies and partners," the political analyst added, pointing out that "it is difficult to expect positive steps by America within the framework of settling any conflict neither in Syria nor in any other place."

According to Yevsiev, the current situation in Syria explains clearly that the Syrian Arab Army will gradually siege the "armed groups" and terminate them. He stressed that if this happens the stance of Syrian government will be very strong and then it is possible to talk about holding Geneva2 conference.

He described the US rejection of Iran's participation in Geneva2 conference and its behavior in this respect as inappropriate, stressing that such a US stance undermines the possibilities of attaining a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

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Cuba Calls for Intensifying Efforts to Prevent any Attack on Syria

PARIS- Cuba has renewed its rejection of interference in Syria's internal affairs and warned against U.S. repeated threats to the country.

Cuban Education Minister Ena Elsa Velazquez said in her speech on Friday at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in Paris that keen efforts should be intensified to prevent any attack on Syria and preserve peace in the entire world.

She urged UNESCO to contribute to preventing other wars and to make science, culture and education the weapons that help building a better world, "as these weapons include no bombs to kill innocent people and destroy schools and museums".

She also urged the United States to release the four Cuban prisoners from the American jails, stressing that those captives were unfairly imprisoned only for fought terrorism.

In October, Cuba's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Oscar Leon reiterated his country's call for attaining a political solution to the crisis in Syria and for respecting the country's sovereignty, independence and territorial safety.

He also condemned some countries' intervention aiming to destabilize Syria through providing all forms of support to the armed terrorist groups and mercenaries fighting the Syrian state and killing the Syrian people.

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Kerry to hold three-way Geneva talks with Iran FM, Ashton


US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold three-way talks later Friday with Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif and the EU's Catherine Ashton as they push for a deal on Iran's nuclear programme,according to Voice of Russia.

"In an effort to help narrow the differences in negotiations, Secretary Kerry will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, today at the invitation of EU High Representative Ashton to hold a trilateral meeting with High Representative Ashton and Foreign Minister Zarif on the margins of the P5+1 negotiations," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

She was referring to talks which resumed on Thursday between Iran and the six so-called P5+1 powers - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany.

Plenary session to open second day of P5+1 talks with Iran

The first day of negotiations between the P5+1 (the UN Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany) and Iranian officials took place on Thursday, an Iranian delegation source told reporters.

"The first day of talks is already over. The next day will start with a plenary session,' he said. November 7 saw the sides' first plenary session and a series of bilateral talks, including Tehran's planned bilateral meetings with the delegations representing the European Union, Russia, China and the United States.

The ongoing round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Tehran officials concerning the Iranian nuclear problem opened in Geneva on Thursday.



Russia-EU summit rescheduled for late January - Kremlin official


The next Russia-European Union summit has been rescheduled for the end of January at the European partners' request, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said at a press briefing in Moscow on Friday,according to  Voice of Russia, Interfax.

"Given a number of obvious protocol-linked difficulties, they [the European Union] proposed postponing these highest-level consultations until January. We have already agreed upon a date at the end of January," he said.

This move was taken exclusively at the request of Russia's European partners, he said.

"It was their initiative. They have some difficulties because of events surrounding the Christmas holidays," Ushakov said.

Russian cities and Brussels have taken turns in hosting Russia-EU summits, which are held once every six months, Ushakov said. Brussels has traditionally hosted such events in November or December.


"National coalition" cannot become a unifying force for all Syrian opposition members - Lavrov

Syria's" National Coalition" cannot represent the entire opposition at the Geneva-2 international peace conference for Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, the Voice of Russia correspondent Polina Chernitsa reports.

"The "National Coalition" aspires to be the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people. But it does not represent even the majority of groups in the "opposition " ,he told a press conference in Moscow on Friday.

"Seeking to promote a positive attitude of the "opposition" to the Russian-US initiatives, we have proposed that members of various "opposition groups" visit Moscow for a completely informal and non-binding conversation," the Russian minister said.

"We simply want to understand if the "opposition" delegation to the Geneva conference is really unable to represent all the significant forces in opposition to the government," Lavrov said.

"We have more than once seen that the "National Coalition" is really unable to unite all the Syrian "opposition forces". So, I hope that our invitation to have an informal meeting in Moscow - and we would like our US partners and UN Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to send their experts here - will draw a positive response," Lavrov stressed.

He said that many "opposition" forces "had expressed a positive attitude of a sort."

"We have grounds to believe that this [Moscow meeting] may be useful and help "opposition" activists to look each other in the eye and elaborate an approach, which will not disagree with the Russian-US initiative but will take it positively and allow for their participation in the Geneva conference," Lavrov concluded. 


US people against backing "militants" in Syria: poll

The results of a new poll show that most Americans are opposed to supporting foreign-backed Takfiri militants fighting the Syrian Government.

The poll was conducted by HuffPost/YouGov between October 7 and 10 and its results were published on October 29. The aim of the study was to discover the American respondents’ view on providing "militants" with arms.

The findings of the poll revealed that 62 percent of the American respondents were against backing militants by supplying arms to them.

The results also indicated that around 66.6 percent of the Americans were against the US policies toward the Middle Eastern country.

Media reports indicate that the US trains the foreign-sponsored "militants" in the crisis-hit country, in addition to coordinating arms shipments to them.

Source: press TV