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Kerry expects Syria to join talks

on May 14, 2013 10:10 AM

STOCKHOLM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today dismissed suggestions that the Syrian government might not join a U.S.-Russia initiative to negotiate a peaceful transition in Syria.

Syria’s information minister said Damascus needs more details about the proposed initiative before it decides whether to attend. But Kerry said he expects Syrian officials to join the international effort and that the U.S. is aware that Syrian negotiators have been selected for the proposed conference.

Kerry made his comments during a trip to Sweden. Washington and Moscow — which are on opposite sides of the Syrian conflict — called last week for an international conference to start talks that would be accompanied by a cease-fire in the two-year-old war.

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