Russia says the proposed Geneva 2 conference on the crisis in Syria is unlikely to be held before October due to a busy diplomatic schedule ahead of the talks.
“It(the peace conference) is unlikely to happen in September because there are different events, including the ‘ministerial week’ at the UN General Assembly, ” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said earlier this week.
The Russian diplomat added that more negotiations are expected to be held on the preparations for the international event, saying, “We are for it happening as soon as possible, but we need to be realistic about circumstances which could affect the forum. ”
Gatilov once again underlined the necessity for the participation of Iran in the upcoming conference. On May 7, Russia and the United States agreed in the Russian capital, Moscow, to convene an international conference on Syria, which will serve as a follow-up to an earlier Geneva meeting held in June 2012. The Syrian government has already announced that it is ready to take part in the peace conference without any preconditions in an effort to help end over two years of deadly turmoil in the country. However, the date of the long-delayed event keeps slipping as Syria’s foreign-backed opposition coalition remains divided over taking part in the second Geneva talks. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million others displaced since the outbreak of the violence.