Lavrov to Pederden: a political solution to the crisis in Syria through a Syrian-Syrian dialogue and without external interference

Moscow, SANA Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reiterated the necessity of solving the crisis in Syria politically in accordance with UN Resolution 2254 through a Syrian-Syrian dialogue and without external interference.

Lavrov said at the start of his meeting in Moscow today, with Geir Pederden, the special envoy of the UN secretary-general for Syria, Russia, as a guarantor country within the framework of Astana, supports UN efforts to facilitate the work of the Committee of discussing the constitution in Geneva in line with Security Council Resolution 2254, and it considered that the third round it concluded last Saturday in Geneva “It was very successful and useful”.

UN Resolution 2254, issued in December 2015, affirms that the Syrians are the ones who determine the future of their country on their own, without any external interference, and that terrorist organizations are outside any political process.

Lavrov stressed the need to preserve Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to continue the war on terror in it until it is finally defeated, pointing out that there are big difficulties that are facing the humanitarian issue in Syria, especially in light of the spread of Coronavirus epidemic, which requires lifting the coercive western economic measures imposed on it.

Lavrov called on the international community to strengthen efforts to assist the displaced Syrians who wish to return to their homes, adding that this will reduce the burdens on countries that host the displaced Syrians.

For his part, Pederden stressed the United Nations’ support for efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria in accordance with UN Resolution 2254, including the work of Committee of discussing the constitution, noting the need to lift the economic measures imposed on Syria to improve the humanitarian situation there.

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