Algeria unsure if it will attend Geneva II conference

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said on Tuesday that his country has not decided whether to participate in the Geneva II conference on Syria, though it endorses the conference.

In a joint news conference with visiting Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Hoghann, Lamamra said “when the date, the agenda and the list of participants (of the Geneva II conference) are set, Algeria will decide how to support this process.”

The minister stressed that Algeria “supports the ongoing initiatives aiming at organizing Geneva II,” saying it is ” necessary to establish dialogue to achieve a comprehensive political solution, rather than resorting to confrontation that would never come to serve the interests of the brotherly Syrian people.”

Lamamra further said that Algeria follows closely the ongoing consultations on the Syrian crisis, and supports the current efforts led by the UN and the Arab League special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi.

Syria has been shaken by a civil war since early 2011, as armed opposition forces are seeking to topple the administration of President Bashar al-Assad. The war has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people, while millions were forced out of the country after their villages turned into battlefields.

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