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Syrian Opposition to Meet With Russian Minister Mid-April

March 31 (Bloomberg) -- A delegation from the Syrian National Coordination Committee plans to visit Moscow “mid-April” for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the opposition bloc’s Hassan Abdel-Azim said.

The visit, initially scheduled for Feb. 6, was postponed after Russia’s envoy to Syria said an informal meeting between representatives of the committee and Syrian authorities was planned in Moscow, Azim said.

“We will refuse such contacts until the authorities stop using violence,” he said today in an interview with the Voice of Russia radio station.

The committee supports UN envoy Kofi Annan’s efforts and is ready to cooperate with international observers in Syria, Azim said, adding that the committee is demanding the release of all political prisoners in the country.

The committee wasn’t invited to the Friends of Syria Group meeting in Istanbul tomorrow, Azim said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stepan Kravchenko in Moscow at skravchenko@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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