Keep up with the news by installing RT’s extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you.

 

No real dissent in nuclear talks between P5+1 and Iran - Lavrov

Published time: November 16, 2013 10:33
Edited time: November 16, 2013 20:25
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (AFP Photo / Stan Honda)

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (AFP Photo / Stan Honda)

The Russian Foreign Minister has revealed that there are no real differences on practical issues between the six-party negotiators and Iran. What is needed now is to set down our understanding in a document, Sergey Lavrov told the Russian TVC channel.

“The negotiations with the Foreign Minister of Iran [Mohammad Javad Zarif] have confirmed that for the first time in many years the sextet of negotiators and Tehran are ready to truly seek common grounds instead of presenting mostly uncorrelated positions,” said the Russian FM in an interview to Postscriptum program.

“Such areas of common interests have been defined and there remain no principle differences in solving practical questions,” Lavrov said. “What we’re talking about now is a correct diplomatic recording of the reached understanding so that it becomes a truly joint document, not imposed on anyone from outside.” 

Lavrov said that negotiators on both sides have verified the areas of common interests and now there remain no principle differences in making practical arrangements.

Russia’s Foreign Minister stressed that the understanding reached must now be fixed by diplomatic means so that it becomes a truly joint document, not imposed on anyone from outside.

The third day of closed-door nuclear talks in Geneva on November 9, 2013. (AFP Photo / Jean-Christophe Bott)

There is a chance to settle the Iranian nuclear problem because P5+1 [The five members of the Security Council plus Germany] is determined to find a solution with the new leadership of the Iranian Islamic Republic, believes Lavrov.

“The Iranians say they need one year to clear the table of all the questions troubling the IAEA and thereby eliminate the reasons that caused the international sanctions,” Lavrov told the TVC channel, mentioning that he has discussed the Iranian nuclear program issue with the European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton.

Moscow calls to invite Saudi Arabia and Iran to Geneva-2 talks

The Russian FM said that Moscow expects Washington and the UN to help  encourage all parts of  Syrian society to take part in the peace conference in Switzerland.

“Despite a number of problems (with preparing the Geneva-2 conference) I remain optimistic,” Lavrov said, indicating that in late November there will be another preparatory meeting between Russian and American experts, the UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, and further participation of constant members of the UN Security Council, the Arab League and Turkey.

The Russian Foreign Minister particularly underlined that the Syrian opposition’s precondition to attending the upcoming negotiations that President Bashar Assad must voluntarily quit from power is not realistic.

Russia is calling to broaden the circle of parties which are to meet at the upcoming conference. Moscow is suggesting that foreign players influencing the situation in Syria should also be represented by Iran and Saudi Arabia, two countries whose interests come in direct conflict in the Syrian civil war, Lavrov said.

“That’s particularly important because Iran is regarded as the leader of Shiite Muslims, whereas Saudi Arabia is the unquestionable leader of Sunni Muslims,” Lavrov said.

Many Middle East conflicts have a definite inter-Islamic dimension and it is unacceptable to ignore the fact that there is dissent inside the Muslim world, between the Shiite Muslims and Sunni Muslims, and it “presents a colossal threat to the region and far beyond,” the Russian FM warned.

Several days ago the Syrian National Coalition put forward a condition that at a certain point Bashar Assad must simply “disappear”, which is “a definite violation of the Geneva communiqué, which supposes no preconditions,” Lavrov said.

Debris and damaged buildings in the town of Hujeira south of the Syrian capital Damascus.(AFP Photo / STR)

“In order to look at ways to solve the issue, the parties should sit at the negotiation table and look into each other’s eyes – and only then search for a compromise,” the Russian FM insisted.

Lavrov doubted that those members of the Syrian opposition who left the country a long time ago and are living abroad would find any reliable support inside Syria. The opposition inside Syria is extremely fragmented, consisting of groups that are not against cooperating with Assad, and then there are Islamic extremists and foreign mercenaries who want to see the president out of the game.

“This should be done to gather members of the opposition at one table, so that they can try to understand why they’re unable to elaborate a common position on negotiating with the regime,” Lavrov said. The outcome of such a meeting cannot be predicted but such a chance cannot be missed, Lavrov noted. 

Russia suggested that representatives of all Syrian opposition groups get together in Moscow for an informal meeting ahead of the Geneva-2 conference. The idea was that opponents get a chance to speak to each other and understand why they cannot work out a common approach toward the planned peace talks.

Only Syrians should decide the fate of their country, and so they should all be present in Geneva, Sergey Lavrov reiterated.

Comments (27)

 

tommy27 18.11.2013 12:20

I just wish the US had at least one negotiator of the calibre of Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

 

izar 17.11.2013 12:48

"for the first time in many years the sextet of negotiators and Tehran are ready to truly seek common grounds instead of presenting mostly uncorrelated positions,” says Lavrov. Maybe all this time it was Iran that believed that the others weren't being serious? Presenting mostly uncorrelated positions can be a way of saying, "for as long as you're not being serious, I can raise issues that are more weighty than yours." And it's easy to see how any country would have doubts that a country that would try to get Hillary Clinton elected as its leader might just be fooling around.

 

David Koresh is my Homeboy 17.11.2013 07:39

Dissent everyday keeps genocide away.

View all comments (27)
Add comment

Authorization required for adding comments

Register or

Name

Password

Show password

Register

or Register

Request a new password

Send

or Register

To complete a registration check
your Email:

OK

or Register

A password has been sent to your email address

Edit profile

X

Name

New password

Retype new password

Current password

Save

Cancel

Follow us