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Russian delegation to visit Syria for mediation on crisis

(Xinhua)

08:44, September 13, 2011

MOSCOW, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Russia does not want to see the repeat of a Libya scenario in Syria and will send a delegation of senators to Syria "in the nearest future" for mediation over its current crisis, a senior Russian official said on Monday.

After meeting with Syrian official delegation, Mikhail Margelov, head of the Russian Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, told reporters that Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov will lead the "fact-finding" delegation.

"It is important for Russia to help the authorities and the opposition (in Syria) begin a dialogue," Margelov said.

Echoing Margelov, Umakhanov said that Russia intends to prevent any possible foreign military interference in Syria.

He added the two sides had discussed during Monday's meeting many issues, the most important one of which is to start a domestic political dialogue without foreign interference.

Moscow has repeatedly stressed that the crisis in Syria could only be resolved by its own people.

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