Syrian diplomat in Russia to discuss peace plan



Just two days after UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to negotiate peace plan, Syria has sent top diplomats to Russia in order to discuss the same.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad met with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich.

Lukashevich denies the existence of a new US-Russian peace plan. He says Russia is pushing for fulfillment of a plan brokered by Brahimi's predecessor, Kofi Annan, which was approved at an international conference in Geneva in June.

Russia's says it is seeking to revive last summer's peace plan for Syria in talks with a top Syrian diplomat and the international envoy on the crisis.

Mekdad's trip follows UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Monday. Brahimi is to visit Moscow this weekend.

Syria is witnessing 21st month of rebellion against Assad regime that started as peaceful protests but has now burst into a full-blown civil war. Approximately 45,000 have been reportedly killed in the uprising so far.

The international community has been impactless in solving Syrian crisis, with former UN envoy Kofi Annan trying his best with his six-point peace plan, but ending up with nothing fruitful.

Not much is known about the peace plan proposed by present Un envoy Lakhdar Brahimi who is still in Syria and met Tuesday with representatives of the opposition National Coordination Body.

With Agency Inputs