Foreign Ministers and officials pose for a group photo as they take part in an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, in Brussels, Belgium, April 5, 2017. © Yves Herman / Reuters
Attempts by some members of the Brussels conference on Syria to redraw the agenda and focus on allegations of the Syrian government's complicity in the suspected chemical attack in Idlib have failed, Russia's deputy foreign minister has said.
"In what concerns this conference, of course, some tried to redirect it in order to focus attention on the incident that has occurred [in Idlib]. I must say that they failed to achieve that," said Gennady Gatilov, Russia's representative at the UN-sponsored international donor conference that was held on April 4-5 in Brussels.
Moscow hopes that the incident will not lead to the derailment of intra-Syrian talks as that would play into hands of those who strive to obstruct the peace process.
"Anything can affect the talks. But we would not like for such incidents to be used by opponents of the negotiation process to disrupt it," the Russian diplomat said, stressing that it is necessary for the negotiations to be inclusive.
Despite the apparent discord at the conference, its participants were largely united in that there is no alternative to political settlement to the protracted military conflict.
"I would like to note that all spoke in favor of political solution, the majority agreed that there is no military solution," Gatilov said, as cited by TASS. He added that "practically all hailed" the negotiations in Astana made possible by the mediation of Russia, Turkey and Iran and commended them as "great help" for the Geneva process.
No breakthrough has yet been achieved in the talks, Gatilov said, referring to the latest round of intra-Syrian negotiations that took place in Geneva last week.
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Watch this lunacy. This is a "stateswoman" representing the United States at the UN? Can she even locate Syria on a map? Thank you, President Trump, you sure did make a great decision on deciding on Nikki Haley as US Ambassador to the UN. Yes, that's right, always bring out pictures of children to make your point. President Trump, it is highly recommend your team begin consulting with Robert David Steele to formulate an overall strategy to "take back America."
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