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Iran says to attend Geneva II without accepting preconditions

English.news.cn   2014-01-20 22:16:07

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iran will attend the upcoming Geneva II conference on Syria without accepting any preconditions, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency on Monday.

Marzieh Afkham, the spokeswomen, said Iran was one of the first countries that urged a political solution to the Syrian issue. " The Geneva II conference can provide a proper ground for taking steps to solve the Syrian issue politically."

However, she stressed Iran "would not accept any preconditions for joining the Geneva II conference."

Earlier Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sent Iran an invitation to the peace talks aimed at bringing together all sides to the Syrian crisis to settle their conflict.

But Washington urged the UN to rescind the invitation unless Tehran "fully and publicly" accepted the 2012 Geneva I communique, which stipulates the establishment of a transitional governing body in Syria.

Besides Afkham, a top Iranian lawmaker, also dismissed Monday the acceptance of the Geneva I communique as a precondition for Iran to participate in the Geneva II talks.

The Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis (parliament), Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said the UN's invitation showed it had realized the event would be a non-starter without Iran's presence, according to Press TV.

"Insisting on not accepting any preconditions, Iran expects to attend the upcoming Geneva talks at a high-level to help the Syrian government and nation relieve the crisis," Boroujerdi was quoted as saying.

Also, Syria's main opposition group in exile Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said in Turkey's Istanbul on Monday that it decided to suspend its participation in the Geneva II conference due to the UN's invitation to Iran.

SNC spokesman Louay Safi said in the announcement that it would suspend its participation unless UN rescinded its invitation to Iran or Iran accepted the Geneva I communique.

The Istanbul-based coalition initially decided to attend the talks Saturday night.

On Monday, a deputy chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces dismissed the U.S. demand on Tehran to recognize the Geneva I communique, saying that it cannot be the basis for the Geneva II conference, semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"The previous agreement, which serves the interests of the foreign powers, ... cannot be the basis of the upcoming talks; rather, the decision that the Syrian people are going to make for the future of their country is important," Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Cultural Affairs and Defense Publicity Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri was quoted as saying.

He added the Geneva II conference should bring about a halt in the support for terrorism in Syria.

Editor: yan
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