Syrians must determine their own destiny, Russia and China say

Russia and China say any decision on a transition of power in Syria should only be made by the Syrian people.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi announced their countries’ stances after a meeting on the situation in Syria at the United Nations office in Geneva on Saturday.

Lavrov said that Moscow had convinced other parties to accept that Syrians should make the decision on any transition and that no party should be excluded from the process.

“How exactly the work on a transition to a new stage is conducted will be decided by the Syrians themselves,” he said, adding, “There are no demands to exclude from this process any one group. This aspect had been present in many of our partners’ proposals. We have convinced them that this is unacceptable.”

Yang also emphasized the need for an all-Syrian solution to the crisis, noting that “outsiders cannot make decisions for the Syrian people.”

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