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Still hope for UN resolution on Syria: Lavrov

Still hope for UN resolution on Syria: Lavrov
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Russia wants a draft UN resolution on Syria to be amended to avoid, it says, the impression that the Security Council is taking sides in a civil war.

Moscow is unhappy that the draft outlines action to be taken against the Assad regime, but contains nothing about what it calls armed groups manipulating peaceful protesters.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “(This would be) an absolutely unrealistic provision, expecting that the government of Syria would withdraw from cities and towns exactly at the time when the armed groups are taking over quarters of those cities and towns.”

Lavrov said the draft is “not hopeless”. He’s already met the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss the changes Russia wants.

The French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said those who continue to block the resolution would bear a “heavy responsibility in history.”