Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that it’s unacceptable to deem Geneva 2 conference a failure and switch to a military scenario in Syria.
In a joint press conference on Wednesday with Kuwaiti counterpart Sabah Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabah on the sideline of round of talks between Russia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held in Kuwait, Lavrov said that everyone speaks about how there can be no military solution for the crisis in Syria, yet there are constant attempt to judge Geneva 2 as a failure which indicates that some are preparing to use force, which is completely unacceptable.
He said that the west poses a shallow and unacceptable explanation for the presence of terrorists Syria, and that the western logic which claims that the reason there are terrorists is because the Syrian government won’t abandon power is a dangerous logic.
Lavrov said that this western interpretation places its own political interests above the interests of the Syrians and the people of the region, voicing Russia’s growing concern over the spread of terrorism into countries like Iraq and Syria.
“Ignoring the growth of terrorism in Syria and its spreading into neighboring countries will make terrorism a real threat to many countries in the region,” he said.
The Minister reiterated Russia’s support for talks via Geneva 2, hoping that UN Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will help ensure its success.
Lavrov calls for urging Syrian sides to continue dialogue in Geneva
Earlier, in a speech during the talks between Russia and the GCC, Lavrov reiterated his country’s calls for all sides that have influence to urge Syrian sides to continue direct dialogue in Geneva, stressing the need to move events in Syria away from armed confrontations, and calling for ending violence in Syria as soon as possible and ending the suffering of displaced Syrians.
He said that Russia and the Arab Gulf countries share a desire to see Syria as a peaceful and prosperous country where all elements of the Syrian people enjoy equal rights and civil liberties and work to build a modern state.
Lavrov hoped that history would remember who used violence in Syria and who lead the way towards national reconciliation, stressing that the most important thing today is saving lives and saving Syria, and that Russia is exerting diligent efforts and cooperation with the Syrian government and opposition groups to achieve this.
On another note, Lavrov criticized some sides which continue to send weapons into Syria in an illegitimate manner, saying that Moscow views the continuing militarization of the conflict in Syria and the illegal sending of weapons to it to be very grave phenomena.
He asserted that the technical military cooperation between Syria and Russia doesn’t support any individual side; rather it boosts Syria’s defensive capabilities and this doesn’t violate Russia’s international commitments.
Lavrov noted that consensus on an international decision regarding the humanitarian situation in Syria could be reached within the next few days if no-one at the Security Council attempts to politicize this issue or take unilateral actions, adding that Russia is working on a resolution at the Security Council calling on all sides to take quick steps to improve humanitarian conditions in Syria.
Al-Jaafari: selectivity and double-standard policy hampered sovereignty of law on international level
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, stressed that the sovereignty of law on the international level was confronted by the selectivity and double-standard policy adopted by the influential countries in dealing with the international law.
Speaking during a session of the UN Security Council titled “Enhancing Sovereignty of Law in Protecting International Peace and Security”, al-Jaafari said, “Experiences have proven that the confrontations hampering the sovereignty of law on the international level were not caused by lack of mechanisms or international agreements; rather they were caused by the selectivity and double-standard policy adopted by the influential countries in dealing with the international law and their endeavor to impose their hegemony and unilateral decisions.”
He added that some UN Security Council member states turned deaf ear to the repeated demands of Syria for more than two years to have the UN shouldering its responsibility in facing the threat of terrorism targeting Syria as it poses a threat to the regional stability and security and ignored the necessity of realizing the sovereignty of law as they did not held accountable the countries which are backing terrorism with money, weapons and takfiri fatwas.
Al-Jaafari pointed out that the countries which are exporting terrorism, and Saudi Arabia on top, have made initiatives after the role in supporting terrorism was exposed to improve their image to the international public opinion through adopting some artificial legislations and threats to pursue terrorists coming back from Syria.
Al-Jaafari stressed that the crisis in Syria is clear evidence of the policies of flagrant intervention in the domestic affairs of countries and working to threaten their security, stability and unity through supporting, funding and arming extremist terrorists and mercenaries and sending them to Syria to wreak havoc.
Syria’s Permanent representative asserted Syria’s support to the efforts exerted to enhance the sovereignty of law on the international and national levels, pointing out that offering assistance in this regard entails prevention of transforming this issue into a tool of political pressure or using it as a pretext for intervention in the affairs of countries or affecting their sovereignty.