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Syria`s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry
Syria`s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry

Syria welcomes Lavrov's mechanism between Damascus and Ankara

(Dp-news)
DAMASCUS- Syria is ready to start direct dialogue with Turkey to ease tensions between the two countries, Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement circulated by local media on Saturday.

“Syria welcomes Lavrov’s statement on the necessity to create a mechanism of direct dialogue on security issues between Syria and Turkey,” the ministry’s statement said.

In an effort to lower the temperature, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested on 10 October that the best way to resolve the conflict with Ankara would be through direct contact between Syrian and Turkish authorities.

Syria welcomes what Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, announced at the Russian Federation Council on October 10th on the necessity of having a mechanism of direct security communication between Syria and Turkey, Syria`s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Syrian authorities have discussed with the Russian ambassador in Damascus “the possibility of setting up a joint Syrian-Turkish committee on monitoring security along the mutual border,” according to the statement.

Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said “The Ministry pointed out that Syria discussed with the Russian Ambassador in Damascus its readiness to establish a joint Syrian-Turkish security committee to undertake finding a mechanism to control the security situation on both sides of the border in the framework of respecting the national sovereignty of the two countries.”

Tensions between Damascus and Ankara escalated in October after an artillery shell allegedly fired by the Syrian army landed in a Turkish border village killing five.

Later on Wednesday, Turkey infuriated Syria when it intercepted a Syrian passenger plane en route from Moscow to Damascus and seized what it said was military equipment on board.

Syria denounced the move as air piracy and Russia has said the cargo was radar parts that complied with international law.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Syria`s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry stressed that "In relation to the Turkish authorities which forced a Syrian civilian plane to land in Ankara Airport and searched it before allowing it to take off, there were no prohibited goods onboard.

The ministry added that the Syrian government calls upon the Turkish authorities to return the rest of the plane's contents intact.

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi underlined that the statements of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Foreign Minister Ahemt Davutoglu claiming that the Syrian plane was carrying ammunition of "illegal cargo" are categorically untrue.

In a statement on Thursday, Makdissi added that those statements uncover the fact of the Turkish authorities' involvement in the piracy on the plane which was flying from Moscow to Damascus.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down accusing him of murdering his own people. The Syrian authorities, in turn, have accused Turkey of arming and funding Syrian rebels.

Despite the rhetoric, most analysts believe that neither Syria nor Turkey want matters to get out of hand. The US and European powers have also shown no desire to intervene militarily, despite hand-wringing over the conflict inside 19-month conflicted country; Syria.
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