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Agreement on holding Syrian elections under UN supervision: Russia
October 30, 2015, 6:08 pm

Lavrov and Kerry in an informal chat during a break in talks in Vienna on 30 October 2015 [Image: MFA, Russia]

Lavrov and Kerry in an informal chat during a break in talks in Vienna on 30 October 2015 [Image: MFA, Russia]

The Vienna talks on the Syrian crisis ended on Friday with an agreement to work towards setting up a nationwide ceasefire in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a joint press conference with his US counterpart John Kerry said the ceasefire is not going to be applicable to Islamic State extremists.

“The participants together with the United Nations will explore modalities for, and implementation of, a nationwide ceasefire to be initiated on a date certain and in parallel with this renewed political process,” said a final joint communiqué on the results of Syria talks in Vienna.

“…the participants invited the U.N. to convene representatives of the Government of Syria and the Syrian opposition for a political process leading to credible, inclusive, non-sectarian governance, followed by a new constitution and elections. These elections must be administered under U.N. supervision,” it added.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that “we agreed to disagree with Lavrov” about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fate.

Kerry noted that there were “tough conversations today but more willingness to continue to talk about practical steps”.

The Obama administration on Friday announced it would send in the first American boots on the ground in Syria in the war against Islamic State fighters.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said the Islamic State’s attempts to gain more territory must be thwarted.

“Russia wants to stop the terrorists from gaining more territory in Syria. We agreed today we want to fight all terrorist organisations listed by the UNSC as well as others not yet listed as such,” said Lavrov.

Participants in the meeting in Vienna, on October 30 were China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States.

Earlier on October 25th, Lavrov had said Syria needs to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections.

He had also asserted last Saturday that Moscow is ready to provide backing, in the form of airstrikes, to help Syrian opposition forces, like the Free Syrian Army, who are fighting terror groups like the Islamic State.

“We are ready to back the patriotic opposition, including the so-called Free Syrian Army, with our air support. However, Washington is refusing to inform us of the locations of the terrorists and where the opposition is based,” Lavrov told state broadcaster Rossiya on Saturday.

“The most important thing for us is to find people who will be true representatives of the armed groups who will confront terrorism among other things,” he added.

 

TBP

5 Responses to Agreement on holding Syrian elections under UN supervision: Russia

  1. Hap Harris Reply

    October 31, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Keep America and the UN out of Syria. Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad have things going in the right direction.
    John Kerry is a water boy for Barack INSANE Obama and the Global Mafia Banksters.

  2. Rick Morren Reply

    October 31, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Good move to have multi-lateral talks about Syria. At least with Russia now part of the solution progress can be made. Hopefully also the Syrian refugees who are in Turkey and the EU will be allowed to vote.

    • Frank Reply

      November 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      “Hopefully also the Syrian refugees who are in Turkey and the EU will be allowed to vote.”

      Very clever Rick. You are very very clever 😉
      I am sure that you know the real reason why Madame Merkel is a fan of sirians which arrive now in Westeurope.
      Merkels game is: How can I utilize the great mass of those refugees for realizing the plan of someone?

  3. ipman7 Reply

    November 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Would like to send a massage to the Syrian people, the Iraqi people the Egyptian people and the Afghan People. Only if everyone on all fronts can see what’s the root cause of their demised is. THIS SENSLESS WAR ONLY AFFECTS YOU. The American West and it’s Allies have for decades create sectarian violence to create division between the people of those countries, For their ONE WORLD ORDER vision. The West have destabilize your countries and home towns. Only you the people can clear your mind of the mental Slavery and unite your countries and rebuild for the younger generation. War and violence has set you back a least 50 years because of Western influence in that region. If you look carefully Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt then Syria nations have been destroyed by the West. Unite the Nation and OUST the Western Power that be from your countries and rebuild with the Eastern Powers Russia, China and the BRICS are the Nations to put you back on your feet. YOUR GOVERMENTS WAS OUSTED BY THE WEST AND IT ALLIES. HAVE THE CREATED A BETTER PLACE ??? The big difference here is America always tries to dominate by trickery or force, but what these other nations are doing are collaborating. Better Strategy T>E>A>M Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
    The world no longer needs to know America; but America urgently needs to discover the world’s view of America.

  4. jasmin Reply

    November 1, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    WISE WORDS MY FRIENDS,ITS ABOUT TIME THAT SOMBODY KNOWS AND SPOKE TRUTH ABOUT RUSSIANS.AND TRUTH IS THAT RUSSIANS HAS NEVER BEEN “EVIL EMPIRE”,EXEPT IN THE DELUSIONAL HEADS OF AMERICAN CAPITALISTIC CLASS OF 1 %.AND JUST BY READING YOURS TEXTS,I CAN TELL THAT YOU ARE FROM INTELIGENT AND HUMANE SORT OF HUMANS LIKE,SOCIALISTS,COMMUNISTS,ANTIFASCIST,AND ANTIGLOBALISTS…..PS..IF ANYONE ASK YOU WHY YOU ARE OR WANT TO BE AMOUNG THIS KIND OF PEOPLE,YOU JUST REPLAY,BECOUSE ITS NOT CRIME TO BE INTELEGENT AND WISE.

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