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Lebanon pins hope in Geneva II conference on Syria

English.news.cn   2013-12-21 08:15:06            

BEIRUT, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's caretaker Foreign Affiars Minister Adnan Mansour revealed Friday that some factions are working on obstructing holding the Geneva II international talks aimed at finding a solution to the Syrian crisis.

Mansour said at the opening ceremony of the Association of Local Economic Development Agency of Beirut Southern Suburbs " information obtained point out to this direction."

He added that postponing the summit obstructs the chances of a political solution and increases violence in Syria. He stressed that Lebanon will take part in the Geneva II conference, explaining that the solution to Syria's crisis "can only be political."

He added "as we are keen on finding a solution to this ongoing crisis and its consequences, we decided that Lebanon will participate in the Geneva talks next month."

Mansour reiterated that Geneva II must be held on time "to stop the killings in Syria and to avoid jeopardizing stability in the country and the region, and preventing foreign interference in the country's politics."

The caretaker minister also noted that Lebanon's representation at the conference will have positive results on the country's security situation, politics and economy.

He added "we have repeatedly called on the international community to share with us the cost of hosting Syria's refugees so that they live a decent life, especially that they are forcibly taking refuge outside their country."

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi inaugurated on Friday the preparatory meeting for the Geneva II conference in the Swiss city, with the participation of U.S. and Russian delegations.

Lebanon has officially received an invitation to take part in the talks, which will take place on January 22, 2014.

According to the United Nations Higher Council for Refugees, Lebanon hosts more than 842,000 Syrian refugees, a figure that represents more than 40 percent of the total Syrians displaced to the neighboring countries.

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