India will participate in the UN-sponsored International Conference on Syria, beginning today in Switzerland. The conference will bring together all warring parties, domestic and international, to resolve the crisis and find a political solution to the conflict in the Arab country.
Sources said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will participate in the conference — Geneva II —which India sees “as a convergence of the evolved positions of global and regional powers”, with our own stated position on “supporting a comprehensive political settlement of the crisis”. India is expected to reiterate the approach that there are no military solutions to the crisis and it is for the Syrians to chart out their future. It will extend support for the peace initiative and offer assistance in the implementation of the deliberations of the Syrian parties, sources said.
The Conference, to be held in Montreux, is expected to have ministerial-level participation from all invited countries on 22-23 January and will be followed up by a dialogue with concerned Syrian political parties and UN representatives on 23-24 January.
As part of its preparations for the Conference, India had, last month, deputed Ministry of External Affairs officer Sandeep Kumar to visit to Syria — the first official-level visit since the crisis began in 2011.