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Syrian Foreign Ministry: US statement on Damascus’ unwilling to participate in Geneva II is detached from reality

Damascus,  – An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that the US administration is continuing hiding its real stances, which reject a peaceful solution reached through a dialogue among the Syrians at the Geneva II conference.

The source told SANA on Friday that “Besides arming the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Syria, the USA is distorting the facts regarding the Syrian leadership’s approval on participating in Geneva II conference without preconditions from any side.”

The source stressed that the US statement, alleging that Syria is unwilling to participate in the Geneva II conference, is detached from reality, adding that such stances are not weird as it comes from an administration that adopted an approach devoid of credibility.

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Moscow: The US is changing facts by saying Syria is unwilling to participate in the international conference

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said the US is turning the facts upside down by saying that the leadership in Syria is not willing to participate  in the international conference due to be held on Syria in Geneva without preconditions.

In a press conference in Moscow on Friday, Lukashevich voiced Russia’s hope to conduct an accurate and objective investigation into the possibility that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

He expressed Moscow’s welcome of the primary agreements reached between the Syrian government and the UN General Secretariat regarding having an international expert team coming to Syria.

Syria requested an honest UN investigation to look into the incident of using chemical weapons by the armed terrorist groups in Khan al-Assal area in the countryside of Aleppo which took place last March 19th and left scores of martyrs and injured among the civilians.

The UN and Syria announced late July that they reached an agreement on the work of the committee to investigate the chemical weapons use. The agreement was reached after a visit by the committee’s delegation to Damascus.

Lukashevich pointed out that these agreements pave the way for conducting such an objective probe. 

He hailed the Syrian government’s acceptance to receive the UN special investigation team, noting that the team is expected to head to Syria in the coming days.

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SANA – 16/8/2013

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