Jan 20, 2014, 8:46 PM
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Iran not to accept pre-condition for Syria conference: Velayati

Tehran, Jan 20, IRNA – Iran will accept no pre-condition for participation in the international conference on Syria due to be held in Montreux, Switzerland on Wednesday January 22, head of Strategic Research Center of Iran's Expediency Council Ali-Akbar Velayati said on Monday.

Following Iran's invitation to the Conference by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Velayati said if the invitation wants Iran to accept Geneva-1 statement, this is a pre-condition that requires legitimizing Syrian terrorists Iran opposes.

The very negative point of Geneva-1 statement is that it requires the Syrian legitimate government and the country's foreign-sponsored terrorists who have committed various crimes against Syrian people to sit on the same table and form a transitional government which means that at least half of this government will have to be terrorist supporters, Velayati said.

Velayati, an advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Foreign Affairs, said Iran never accepts statement of Geneva-1 Conference and believes that as long as the upcoming conference on Syria is based on Geneva-1 statement, Iran will not accept it as legitimate.

As the foreign ministry spokeswoman stated, Iran will accept no pre-condition for presence in the upcoming international conference on Syria, Velayati said.