|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | World (Click here for more)

Russia Says Syria Ready to Move On from Conflict; Rebels Boycott Conference

SOCHI, Russia – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has issued a message insisting that the right conditions were in place for Syria to move on from its tragic conflict, as delegates gathered Tuesday for the second day of a Syrian peace conference in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi that opposition groups boycotted.

The Russian-backed Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue aimed to hammer out a commission for the creation of a new constitution and a political transition in war-torn Syria, although the main opposition delegation, the Higher Negotiation Committee, refused to attend the event amid concerns that any agreement would only benefit the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, who is supported by Putin.

“It can be considered that today the right conditions have been created to turn this tragic page of Syria’s history,” said Putin in a message read out by his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov. “This is a good opportunity to achieve the desires of the Syrian people to end this war between brothers, to definitively put an end to terrorism and return to a normal life,” the statement added.

In the message, Putin added that only the Syrian people had the right to decide on the future of their country.

Members of the HNC, however, refused to leave the airport at Sochi, apparently protesting the presence of Syrian regime flags in the arrivals hall.

A board of Kurdish negotiators invited by Moscow was also due to boycott the convention amid accusations that Russia gave Turkey the green light to launch its recent military incursion against Kurdish YPG militias in Afrin province, located in far northwestern Syria.

Top international dignitaries, such as the United Nation’s special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, and the UN’s secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, have supported the initiative as a way to revive stuttering UN-backed talks in Geneva.

Any transitional constitution in Syria would be drawn up under the auspices of the UN, Putin’s message added.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2018 © All rights reserved