Moscow: Russia and its partners in the BRICS
group of emerging economies, including India and China are
determined to avert a Libya-style scenario for Syria, Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday, as it asked the opposition
and the Syrian regime to initiate dialogue.
"We are proposing that the UN Security Council firmly
demands that all parties to the conflict respect human rights
and begin talks," Lavrov said.
"If it`s up to the BRICS, the Libyan scenario won`t be
repeated," Lavrov was quoted as saying by Voice of Russia
Speaking at a joint news conference here after his talks
with the visiting Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota
, Lavrov said the BRICS nation believe the UN Security Council
must condemn violence in that Arab country and urge the
conflicting sides there to respect human rights and start a
dialogue. BRICS is an economic grouping and comprises of South
Africa, Brazil, India, China and Russia.
In a veiled attack on the West, which has adopted
anti-Assad stance Lavrov said: "We cannot incite the Syrian
opposition to ignore dialogue."
He also said the Syrian President Bashar Assad must be
given time to draft a new constitution and implement promised
The reported deaths in the Syrian conflict are at about
2,000, including some 500 police and security personnel.