Russia says there is still a chance for peace in Syria

By REUTERS
September 12, 2013 11:48

ASTANA - There is a still a chance for peace in Syria and the world must not let it pass, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Speaking to students in Kazakhstan, Lavrov welcomed the Syrian government's acceptance of Russia's proposal that Damascus place its chemical weapons under international control.

"I am certain that there's a chance for peace in Syria," he said, adding a warning that military intervention would further destabilize Syria and the region, Interfax news agency reported.

Lavrov was to travel to Geneva later on Thursday for talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry about the Russian proposal, which has prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress to postpone a vote to authorize a strike on Syria.


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