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Russia to host Syrian opposition conference: FM

English.news.cn   2012-11-23 19:14:30            
 • Moscow would host a meeting of moderate Syrian opposition groups, Sergei Lavrov said Friday.
 • Syrian opposition abroad signed an agreement to form a new coalition to fight the government of Assad.
 • Moscow would like to hear from the opposition representatives of their opinions.

MOSCOW, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Moscow would host a meeting of moderate Syrian opposition groups in helping them find a common ground with Damascus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

"Next week, we expect the visit of a delegation from the Syrian internal opposition. These are, first of all, representatives of the National Coordination Committee as well as Kurds opposition," Lavrov told reporters.

Lavrov explained that the Syrian delegation due to arrive in Moscow represented the opposition circles which disagreed with the hardline "outside" opposition.

After a five-day meeting held in the Qatari capital of Doha last week, Syrian opposition abroad signed an agreement to form a new coalition called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, in the hope of having a unified entity to fight the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The opposition leaders coming to Moscow stood on a different platform and disagreed with those decisions as the coalition refused to negotiate with Damascus, according to Lavrov.

"They stand for searching of agreements through a political dialogue, the agreements which would pave the way for a transitional period and reforms that have surely matured," he said.

The minister also supported the idea of holding a conference uniting Syrian opposition groups in and out of that country, he said.

"This is up to opposition itself, both internal and outside ones. It seems to me the need in such a conference exists," he said, adding that Russia would back the proposals to unify opposition on the platform of readiness for a dialogue, not for "war till the victorious end."

Moscow would like to hear from the opposition representatives of their opinions regarding the possibility of a unification conference, Lavrov said.

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