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Syria peace envoy to hold talks in Moscow

December 27, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will hold talks in Moscow on Saturday following consultations with President Bashar Assad’s regime in Damascus, Maharnet reported , citing Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov
The Russian Foreign Ministry has said Brahimi himself had requested the meeting as he pursues what so far have been fruitless efforts to negotiate an end to 21 months of violence that have claimed more than 45,000 lives.Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was pushing Brahimi to ensure that the warring sides stick to a June peace plan that calls for a transition of power without making an explicit demand on Assad to step down.Russia has accused Western and Arab nations of giving up on peace negotiations and has made repeated attempts at negotiating a truce that would let the Syrians themselves decide Assad’s fate at a later date.A Beirut airport source said that Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad also flew to Moscow on Tuesday for consultations that have not yet been officially confirmed by Russia.The Syrians’ visit comes amid Western media reports of a new Russia-US initiative that would see Assad stay in power until 2014 while preventing h im from further renewing his mandate.UN and Arab League envoy Brahimi arrived in Damascus on Sunday and has also met with leaders of a regime-sanctioned opposition party that also makes periodic visits to Moscow.But a UN Security Council diplomat said the veteran Algerian diplomat had received no support from any of the warring sides.Moscow has given several signs in recent weeks that it was ready to concede Assad’s imminent ouster and was now looking for a post-regime future in Syria.President Vladimir Putin said on two occasions last week that Moscow had no intention of propping up the Assad government despite its provision of military support.The foreign ministry has also confirmed that Moscow was drawing up preparations for an evacuation of Russian personnel in case of the armed opposition’s rise to power. 

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