Syria’s Geneva-2 confab at dead-end without Iran: Iranian MP

SYRIA-CONFLICTAn Iranian lawmaker says the long-awaited Geneva 2 conference which is meant to seek an end to the Syria crisis will hit a dead-end in the absence of Iran.

Lawmaker Abbas Rajaee on Friday, condemned Western countries for trying to obstruct Iran presence in the conference, saying the crisis in Syria is a regional issue and influential regional players can bring back stability to the Arab country.

Commenting on conditions set by the British Foreign Secretary William Hague for Tehran’s participation in the talks, the lawmaker said, “From the beginning of the crisis in Syria the Islamic Republic of Iran believed on a diplomatic solution and political approach to end the crisis.”

Hague said on Tuesday that Iran would have to accept proposals agreed to at the international conference in Geneva last year before it could take part in the new talks.

On May 7, Russia and the United States agreed in Moscow to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012.

On May 28, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov emphasized the necessity of Iran’s attendance at the upcoming talks in Geneva. “The issue of Iran is key for us. Iran, without question, is one of the most important nations,” he said.

The turmoil in Syria erupted in March 2011. Since then, many people, including large numbers of Syrian soldiers and security personnel, have been killed.

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