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Geneva Conference on Syria: Not before October

Russia: Geneva II conference about Syrian conflict not before October.

After the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that the acceptance by the Syrian government in Damascus to receive the UN experts’ team in order to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict shows the willingness of Syria to clarify this, it seems also clear now that the second “peace conference” about a political solution for the Syrian conflict in Geneva will not happen before October this year.

Moscow and Washington had agreed to jointly plan and convene another international conference on Syria in Geneva in the Russian capital, Moscow, on May 7.

This new conference on Syria in order to find a political solution with all involved and important sides in the Syrian war will serve as a so-called follow-up to the earlier conference in Geneva in June 2012, although this first conference on Syria in Geneva has been proved to finally be worthless due to the situation that none of the involved players and backers behind the Syrian conflict and violence on Syrian soil has maintained a policy according to the stated empty phrases at this first conference in Geneva.

In contrast, more weapons, jihadists and other violent human resources have reached Syrian soil since then, with the support of some participators of this first conference on Syria in Geneva. However, one can just hope that “Geneva II” makes more sense and will help to decrease the level of violence in Syria and prevent further massacres by the foreign-supported terrorist and jihadist groups against Syrian civilians.

According to new statements by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, the upcoming Geneva II-conference on Syria “is unlikely to happen in September” because of the busy diplomatic schedule of several sides and the schedule of the United Nations (UN) ahead of the planned date for the event in September.

Thus, the Geneva II-conference on Syria will certainly happen in October and not in September. For example, the ministerial week at the UN General Assembly will be in September, and thus, there is not much time for the always busy diplomats to meet and care about a peaceful solution for the Syrian conflict. One has to make up priorities.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov further said in his recent comments about Syria and Geneva-II that more negotiations are expected to happen in terms of the preparations for the international peace conference on Syria in Geneva.

Geneve, Switzerland
Geneve, Switzerland

Moscow wants the Geneva II-conference to happen as soon as possible, but according to Gatilov, Russia also has to be realistic about specific circumstances which could affect the meeting of all participants in Geneva.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov also underlined again that the policy of double-standards should become a history and that violence remains violence and it does not matter who carried out violent acts in Syria, because all violence is to condemn.

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia further underlined that Iran has to participate in such a conference on the Syrian conflict because Iran is an important player in the Middle East and any conference on Syria without Iran would be useless and not balanced.

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