Russian foreign minister to hold Syria talks

February 15, 2012 - 7:05 AM

WASSENAAR, Netherlands (AP) — Russia's foreign minister says he will meet his French counterpart in Vienna on Thursday and discuss moves to rework a U.N. Security Council resolution that aims to end violence in Syria.

Sergey Lavrov says he could not comment on the French plan without having seen the language of the proposed resolution.

Earlier Wednesday French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said his country is trying to rework a U.N. Security Council resolution that aims to end violence in Syria — with a focus on overcoming Russian resistance.

After a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal, Lavrov said Russia would not support any resolution "that could legitimize regime change."

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PARIS (AP) — France's foreign minister says his country is trying to rework a U.N. Security Council resolution that aims to end violence in Syria — with a focus on overcoming Russian resistance.

Alain Juppe also reiterated France's hope that the council will reconsider creation of "humanitarian corridors" that would allow aid groups to reach Syrian areas that are facing "absolutely scandalous massacres."

Speaking Wednesday on France-Info radio, Juppe said a planned U.N. General Assembly vote Thursday on Syria's bloodshed could have symbolic importance.

Russia and China both vetoed a Security Council resolution earlier this month brought by the Arab League and aimed at halting Syria's violence — moves that angered many Western powers and Arab states.