'Constructive' Syria talks at UN in Geneva

9th December 2012, Comments 0 comments

The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria held "constructive" talks on the crisis there with senior Russian and US representatives Sunday, a UN statement said.

Lakhdar Brahimi met Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov and US deputy secretary of state William Burns in Geneva.

The meeting came after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Brahimi in Dublin on Thursday.

"The meeting was constructive and held in a spirit of cooperation," the UN said in a statement.

"It explored avenues to move forward a peaceful process and mobilise greater international action in favour of a political solution to the Syrian crisis," it added.

All three attending the meeting "re-affirmed their common assessment that the situation in Syria was bad and getting worse.

"They stressed that a political process to end the crisis in Syria was necessary and still possible."

A UN spokesman took place behind closed dorrs and while another meeting was planned, no further details were available.

Earlier Sunday in Doha, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi expressed hopes that that the United States and Russia could reconcile their views over Syria to facilitate a settlement of the conflict.

Russia, along with China, is one of the last supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has routinely blocked draft Security Council resolutions condemning his rule.


© 2012 AFP

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