Published February 20, 2013
MOSCOW – Russia and the Arab League are offering to broker talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to end the country's two-year civil war.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Russia and the Arab League are attempting to establish direct contact between the two sides of the conflict that the U.N. says has killed at least 70,000 people.
Lavrov said both President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition need to "sit down at the negotiating table" and put an end to this "mutual destruction."
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muhammed will lead a delegation to Moscow on Monday, and Russia is expected a visit in March from Syrian National Coalition Leader Moaz al-Hatib. No conditions for the Syrian negotiations have been set.