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Russian FM urges Syrian opposition to unite, talk with gov't


08:53, July 12, 2012

MOSCOW, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday called on Syria's opposition groups to unite and start talks with the government.

During a meeting with Abdulbaset Sieda, the newly elected chairman of the Syrian National Council (SNC), Lavrov said Russia would like to see "how big" the prospects are to unify all opposition groups in Syria.

That, he said, would serve to form the basis of an intra-Syria dialogue and thus allow the Syrian people to decide their own fate.

Russia insists on ending the violence in Syria as soon as possible and starting a political dialogue among all parties, so as to implement a peace plan brokered by UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan, Lavrov said.

For his part, Sieda called on the U.N. Security Council to intervene and help to end the country's 16-month crisis.

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