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Peace talks over Syria one step closer

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Peace talks over Syria one step closer


The US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have agreed to meet again at the end of the month in New York.

Their aim is to agree a date for the so-called “Geneva 2” peace conference to end the war in Syria.

They have also been holding talks with UN special representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in Geneva.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said: “We are working hard to find the common ground to be able to make that happen, and we discussed some of the homework that we both need to do”

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, told the packed news conference in Geneva: “Now that the Assad government has joined the chemical weapons convention we have to engage our professionals together with the Chemical Weapons Prohibition Organisation and with the United Nations to design a road, which would make sure that this issue is resolved quickly, professionally and as soon as practical.”

Meanwhile in Kyrgyzstan, at a meeting of regional powers Iran has said it supports the Russian initiative to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control and the decision by Damascus to join a global anti-weapons treaty.

Speaking at the conference the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that “the human tragedy in Syria can only be resolved through political means with dialogue between the Syrian government and the Syrian groups opposed to it, without the spectre of a foreign military intervention. All parties who can exert influence, like Iran, should make efforts to help ensure that constructive dialogue can take place.”

Rouhani’s comments came during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at the Shanghai cooperation organisation meeting. China has also backed the measures to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.

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