Lavrov and Brahimi agree to continue preparations for Geneva II
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN/Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi have agreed on preparatory steps for the Geneva II international conference during a telephone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.
"The special envoy informed Lavrov about his tour of several countries in the Middle and Near East and his contacts related to preparations for Geneva II international conference for Syria," the report posted on the ministry's website on Saturday says.
The minister stressed the importance of continuing the efforts of the envoy to form a single representative Syrian opposition delegation to the talks with the government and the need to guarantee the participation of all key nations of the region in the forum.
"It was agreed to continue joint efforts to convene the conference, in particular in the course of the consultative meeting in Geneva on November 5 in the Russia-U.S.-UN format," the report says.
The armed conflict that according to a count by the UN has taken 100,000 lives, has been ongoing in Syria since March 2011.
UN and OPCW inspectors are currently checking stocks of chemical weapons and monitoring their liquidation in Syria. In addition, preparations are under way for Geneva II conference on the peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict which will be convened at the initiative of Russia and the United States.