Rouhani, Brahimi Confer on Latest Developments in Syria

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the UN Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in a meeting on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly exchanged views on the ways to resolve current crisis Syria.

Rouhani, Brahimi Confer on Latest Developments in Syria

During the meeting, President Rouhani  emphasized the urgent need for resolving the Syrian crisis, and reiterated, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to contribute to resolve that crisis.”

The president, meanwhile, emphasized taht everyone must try to put an end to war and bloodshed in Syria in the shortest possible time.

Lakhdar Brahimi, for his part, expressed delight over meeting President Rouhani and presented a report on the latest developments in the Syrian conflict.

He also expressed the hope that the Islamic Republic of Iran would participate in Geneva II Conference on Syria.

Meantim, Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov said a Syria resolution drafted by Russia and the US and submitted to the UN Security Council does not suggest immediate military action under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.

The resolution which was submitted to the UN Security Council is fully in line with the Geneva framework on the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, Sergey Lavrov told the press earlier on Thursday in New York.

“There will be no enforcement in line with Chapter 7,” he emphasized.

The draft resolution backs the agreement reached in Geneva regarding Syria's commitment to place its chemical weapons stockpile under international control. If there is any violation by any party – as the resolution  also calls on the opposition to assist in the disarmament process – the Security Council will convene again and will be ready to take enforcement measures in line with Chapter 7, Lavrov said.

“We have finalized the draft which will be submitted at the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague any minute now," Lavrov said in a short statement on Thursday evening.



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