MOSCOW, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The UN's decision to withdraw its invitation for Iran to attend the Geneva-II meeting was a mistake, but not a catastrophe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
"The interests of the cause essentially require the representation of Iran, like all the other countries of the region," Lavrov said during his annual press conference.
According to him, the situation that occurred when the international peace conference on Syria was organized did not add authority to the UN.
Meanwhile, Lavrov said Russia was trying its best to "promote political settlement" of the Syrian crisis.
"We are satisfied with the fact that reasonable approaches based on the logic of peace and basic principles of international law prevailed," he said, adding that Russia was against unilateral actions, including attempts to use force bypassing the UN Charter.
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations has expressed concern over the issues with Iran ahead of the Geneva-II conference, scheduled for later this week in Switzerland to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.
Spokesman Martin Nesirky said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was "dismayed (and) deeply disappointed" on Monday and "currently, urgently considering his options" after Iran released public statements conflicting with what was reportedly discussed in private, resulting in their invitation to participate being withdrawn.
Syrian main opposition confirms participation in Geneva II after Iran excluded
ISTANBUL, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Syria's main opposition group in exile the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) confirmed here on Monday its participation in the Geneva II peace conference shortly after UN withdrew its invitation to Iran for the meeting.
The opposition said in a statement that "the Syrian Coalition welcomes the decision of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to withdraw the invitation extended to Iran, given that Iran has not met the preconditions of participation in Geneva II conference."Full story