Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

US Pushes for Syria Talks

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

US Pushes for Syria Talks

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THE United States and Russia are hoping to organise talks between the Syrian Government and its opposition.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also discussed enlisting other countries in the region to help find a political solution to the crisis.

After speaking with Mr Kerry, Mr Lavrov appeared on Russian state TV, urging an intensification of efforts to find a political solution to the war.

He said Moscow was ready to co-ordinate with the US in fighting terrorism in Syria and would help western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels if it knew their locations.

Mr Lavrov said the Kremlin wanted Syria to prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections and that Russia was prepared to provide air support to the Free Syrian Army, as Moscow intensified its drive to convert its increased clout with Damascus into a political settlement.

"External players cannot decide anything for the Syrians," Mr Lavrov said. …

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