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Syrian Solution Meeting in Astana to Complement Geneva Talks: Lavrov

Syrian Solution Meeting in Astana to Complement Geneva Talks: Lavrov

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday the upcoming meeting on Syrian settlement in Astana, Kazakhstan, should serve as a complement, not a substitute, to the UN-backed Geneva dialogue.
Lavrov made the remarks during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, according to a brief statement published on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Russia and other potential mediators are expected to meet conflicting parties in Syria in Astana later this month to seek settlement of the chronic civil war, which has claimed more than 300,000 lives and displaced nearly 11 million others.
The Astana meeting will come following a nationwide truce in Syria, brokered by Russia and Turkey last week, between the Syrian government and major opposition groups.
Russia attaches great importance to the forthcoming Astana meeting, which should bring together who really control the situation "on the ground" and are able to perform their obligations, according to Lavrov. (Xinhua)