Moaz Alkhatib with John Kerry 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Remo Casill)
MOSCOW - Russian, US and UN officials will meet next week
to discuss ways to bring the warring sides in Syria together for a peace
conference, Russian news agencies quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying
"Preparations for the international conference on Syria will
be discussed" at the three-way meeting in Geneva on June 5, Interfax quoted the
unidentified Russian ministry source as saying.
The official said US
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and UN Under
Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman would attend the June 5
meeting. State-run news agency RIA said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail
Bogdanov would also take part.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on May 7 they would try to bring Syrian
government and opposition representatives together as soon as possible for talks
aimed at ending the 26-month-old conflict. No date has been set for the
Lavrov accused the opposition Syrian National Coalition of
undermining peace efforts after it said on Wednesday it would take part in the
conference only if a deadline was set for a settlement that would force Syrian
President Bashar Assad to leave power.
Lavrov and Kerry agreed to the
June 5 meeting in Geneva with UN representatives at talks in Paris earlier
this week, the Russian Foreign Ministry official was quoted as saying. No
further details were immediately available.