World Bulletin / News Desk
Multilateral talks on United Nations envoy Kofi Annan's Syrian mediation plan should seek to bring about a ceasefire but not predetermine the shape of a possible government of national unity, Russia said on Thursday.
"The meeting in Geneva was intended to support Kofi Annan's plan and it must set the conditions for the end of violence and the start of an all-Syrian national dialogue, and not predetermine the contents of this dialogue," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a briefing.
Lavrov also said it was a mistake not to include Iran at the Syria talks, to be held in Geneva on Saturday.
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