Plan 'to be decided by Syrians'

2012-06-30 22:50

Geneva - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday said any power transition in Syria would be decided by Syrians and that no party should be excluded from the process.

"How exactly the work on a transition to a new stage is conducted will be decided by the Syrians themselves," he said, adding that Russia had convinced other world powers that it would be "unacceptable" to exclude any party.

World powers agreed on Saturday to a plan for a transition in Syria that could include current regime members, but Washington made it clear that it did not see any role for President Bashar Assad in the unity government.

Lavrov admitted that Assad had made mistakes in the conflict, but said the Syrian leader was open to advice.

'Accepts advice'

"Of course, the Syrian authorities often react disproportionately and in an inadequate manner.

"Yes, he makes a tremendous amount of mistakes, but still - President Assad accepts advice. I am not sure if that is the case with the opposition," he said.

A long-time Syria ally, Russia is loathe to cast Assad aside, even as relations between Moscow and Damascus have cooled.

The Russian minister warned against attempts by the West to put the Syria transition plan agreed in Geneva to the UN Security Council, thereby paving the way to possible sanctions or military action in case of non-compliance.

"Before applying Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, we must do everything to implement Annan's plan on the basis of existing resolutions," he said.

'Endorse plan'

Any adoption of the plan under Chapter 7 is "is unacceptable to us if only for the reason that today's meeting does not have the authority to decide what happens on the UN Security Council", he warned.

In a separate briefing, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the deal should be endorsed by the Security Council.

"We should endorse this plan in the Security Council, we should endorse it with real consequences, including Chapter 7 sanctions if it is not implemented," she said.

  • jans.opresser - 2012-06-30 23:01

    that is not what Hillary wants to hear! she wants what she wants! never mind what the people of the said country wants. Hillary wants to destabilise the country under the disguise of defending the country! good on Russia for doing the right thing by standing up to the thugs from nato!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-01 00:02

      The thugs from Nato? Syrians are being murdered right now by the thousands, and much of Syria destroyed. What are you thinking man.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 03:44

      Jans, aka, "thatbrotherfullofhatredfromthestates"

      sydney.gaffen - 2012-07-01 08:57

      So you'd prefer Russia to destabalise the country under the disguise of defending the country

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 09:18

      Jans,aka "thathatefullbrotherfromthestates" won't respond now, it is midnite in New York !!

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-01 09:19

      Dear Syd What did you put on your post toasties this morning. The Russians have already been party to destabilisation of Syria. No, I don't prefer it.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-01 10:57

      @yar Russia did a lot for oppressed and colonised Africans. Russia was never going to turn from a violently subjugated slave state run by a monarchy to a free paradise no matter what system replaced the Czar.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 11:50

      Fidel, "Russia did a lot for africa" ?? That might be so in your radical fantasy world, but in the real world, all they ever did in Africa , is supply weapons, so Africans could murder each other, like Syrians do today !!!! BASTARDS !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-01 13:01

      It is those same weapons that got rid of the Portuguese settlers in Mozambique and Angola, the English settlers in Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Afrikaners in Namibia, the French in Algeria, etc, etc.. But these historical developments never occurred to you.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 13:36

      Yes, they SOLD their weapons to Africa, and than walked away and let Africa starve; -----------------------------BASTARDS-------------------- Strange, how you seem to care about some peoples demanding freedom, and when it gets to Syria, you turn away from that MAD DOG , killing THOUSANDS of civilians so , he and hit ROTTEN family can stay in power, and rather CONFUSE the issue, with coming with tons of irrelevant BS !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-01 15:26

      You have made your point, so well done. It's a shame the point was such a tedious one but well done nevertheless.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-02 01:45

      It's a shame the point had to be made in the first place when it's so obvious to true freedom-lovers.

  • Tommo - 2012-07-01 01:33

    This is not going to work, but in the interests of international diplomacy this is the route we must follow. Meanwhile hundreds of people will die. And Russia knows it wont work which is why they dont want it in the security council.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 03:42

    The world powers have agreed on doing NOTHING, and let the Syrians decide for themselves. They will do so !! With every death, the Syrians are more determent than ever, to get rid of their terrorist/dictator. They will succeed !!!

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-01 08:38

      @Anthony I hope you are right. Sadly many innocent Syrians will die. The West will be damned if they intervene, so the likelihood of a speedy solution are remote.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-01 04:08

    Syrians cannot decide when an unelected ruler is pointing the barrel of a gun at them. And Obama sleeps at night, while Syrians are being slaughtered, when he could lead an intervention.

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-01 08:42

      @fred Why should Obama help. He may get a warm feeling for doing the right thing, but he will be castigated by everyone. If I were him, I would take a chill pill and get a good nights rest.

  • Nasser - 2012-07-01 06:08

    The US is not an honest broker in Syria or the Mideast! The so called Syrian "opposition" are by all accounts a bunch of violent mercenaries sponsored by Saudi Arabia! Perhaps Hillary should first have a conversation with her wahhabi friends in Riyadh about allowing women to drive before she spreads "democracy" to Syria!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-01 06:48

      Another Muslim person turning a blind eye to the wholesale slaughter of Muslims by an unelected dictator. WHy would you want this to happen to your own people.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-01 07:14

      Nasser You only insult the Syrian people. Democracy is no longer a priority, but the removal of this assad DOG , and put the terrorist in the Syrian army in jail, ---------------THAT IS THE PRIORITY OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE-----------

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-07-01 13:08

    How many blood have the USA, France and Britain and its allies have on their hands?? Hilary the american vampire should count her words about Syria we know she wants regime change but her luck is out on this one.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-01 21:34

      Try informing yourself about what is really happening, rather than sitting in your lounge-suite making things up based on personal prejudices. Then you'll have a positive impact on world events.

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