Friday, June 22, 2012
Syrian authorities are ready to withdraw their forces if this happens simultaneously with the withdrawal of the opposition, said Russia`s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov citing his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem.
“Government forces and the armed opposition have to simultaneously withdraw from the cities under the control of international observers. The Syrian government is ready for that,” Lavrov told the press after meeting the Syrian Foreign Minister at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Lavrov has also urged Damascus to follow the peace plan proposed by UN envoy Kofi Annan, saying that Syrian authorities have already done a lot to implement the plan, but have to do even more.
Speaking about the recent US calls to leave President Assad`s fate in the hands of the Syrian people, Lavrov called the proposal unrealistic.Washington has recently said that after Assad`s resignation he has to be left in the hands of Syrians and the US is not going to interfere.
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