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Kerry & Lavrov in Moscow (Reuters)
Kerry & Lavrov in Moscow (Reuters)

US & Russia agreed to hold Syria conference

(DP-News - agencies)

MOSCOW- the United States and Russia have pledged Tuesday to convene an international conference aimed at ending the war in Syria, hoping to give the situation a new political push following two years of conflict.



Russia and the US reiterated their commitment to bringing the sides of the Syrian conflict to the negotiating table, and have announced an international conference to be called by the end of May which will serve as a follow-up to the Geneva communiqué.



"Despite different points of view, committed partners can accomplish great things together when the world needs it," Kerry told reporters in Russia's capital. "And this is one of those moments."





The Geneva communiqué should be a roadmap to a new Syria, not a forgotten piece of paper, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after their Tuesday Moscow meeting.



Moscow and Washington confirmed their commitment to the implementation of the principles set in the Syria peace plan – the Geneva Communiqué – including the territorial integrity of the conflict-torn country, Lavrov told journalists.



One of the main results of the talks was the agreement to use all possibilities in the US and in Russia to start working with all the parties concerned both inside and outside Syria to hold an international conference, Lavrov said.



But in order for words to become actions, “we need to hear some word from the opposition side,” Lavrov added. “The opposition hasn’t said single word yet which would confirm its commitment to the Geneva communiqué and hasn’t named representatives charged to negotiate in the opposition name.”



Lavrov reminded that the opposition was extremely divided and that the Syrian National Council does not represent all of the groups. He stressed that it was very important to unite each and every group at the negotiating table.



“And when we hear the right words from the united opposition - given the fact that the Syrian regime has already voiced the right words - then we will try to transfer such words into actions.”



The announcement of the joint initiative comes after months of stalled co-operation on Syria. Officials from both sides hope that representatives from the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the opposition will attend. Russia remains Assad's staunchest ally and has opposed foreign involvement in the conflict which has killed more than 70,000 people.



The US President Barack Obama is looking forward to the upcoming meeting on the sidelines of the summit, Kerry said earlier in the day, during his talks with Vladimir Putin. The US leader would like to discuss with his Russian counterpart cooperation on Iran, North Korea and Syria, Kerry said.



The US administration believes that Washington and Moscow “have similar positions” on the settlement of the Syrian crisis since both states are interested in stability in the region, the Secretary of State told Putin.

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