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Lavrov Says Qatar Call for Syria Intervention Violates Deal

March 13, 2012

Qatar’s call for military intervention in Syria violates a five-point plan drawn up by Russia and the Arab League, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“I was amazed when I arrived in New York that while I was in the air my colleague, with whom we agreed on these principles, the prime minister and foreign minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, called publicly for dispatching Arab or international forces to Syria,” Lavrov said in comments broadcast on state television today. “It absolutely contradicts what we agreed on and announced publicly.”

Lavrov, who clashed with his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton at the United Nations yesterday over the international response to the conflict in Syria, met Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo on March 10 before flying to New York.

Russia and the Arab League’s five-point plan for Syria stated the need for a complete cease-fire, monitoring procedures, no foreign interference, humanitarian aid supplies and “firm support” of international envoy Kofi Annan’s mission to promote a dialogue between the government and opposition in the Middle Eastern country, according to the Foreign Ministry in Moscow.

The Qatari prime minister later called on the 22-member Arab League to send international and Arab peacekeepers to Syria, the official Qatari News Agency said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net


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