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Syrian opposition group rejects preconditions for dialogue

(Xinhua)

09:50, September 05, 2012

MOSCOW, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- A visiting Syrian opposition group said here Tuesday that it is against the establishment of any preconditions for starting a nationwide political dialogue in the unrest-torn country.

"We oppose any preconditions to be set for the launch of the dialogue," said Fathi Jamous, leader of the Coalition Forces for Peaceful Change in Syria, who met with Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Preconditions would "only deepen the crisis and the price for overcoming it would be much higher," Jamous added.

He praised Russia's efforts to find a peaceful solution to the crisis, saying "unlike the West, Moscow has adopted a right position, from any point of view, both morally and legally."

As regards the claims by some Western countries on conducting military intervention if the Syrian authorities use chemical weapons, Jamous said he does not think the Syrian government would take such risky steps.

It is just the pretext Western players need for their interference, which is "far from reality," he said.

Bogdanov, for his part, expressed Russia's willingness to continue "intensive contacts" with influential figures in the Syrian opposition, according to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Moscow would facilitate a peaceful settlement based on Kofi Annan's plan and the Geneva agreements reached by the Action Group on Syria, the deputy minister added.

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